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6/7/06-Tyler

East Texas Constable Shot, Killed In The Line Of Duty

This was the scene Wednesday Afternoon on Pine Springs Drive. This was the scene Wednesday Afternoon on Pine Springs Drive.
The Smith County Sheriff's Armored Tank Was Called in to Assist in the Standoff. The Smith County Sheriff's Armored Tank Was Called in to Assist in the Standoff.
Walsh, was shot after an almost three-hour stand-off with police. Walsh, was shot after an almost three-hour stand-off with police.
Constable Dale Geddie, Served the Fourth Precinct of Smith County. Constable Dale Geddie, Served the Fourth Precinct of Smith County.
Police and Law Enforcement from many different agencies assisted in the stand-off. Police and Law Enforcement from many different agencies assisted in the stand-off.

The disturbance call came in to the Sheriff's Department at 10:53, but the gunman's son, Shawn Walker,knew something was wrong even before that.

"Italked to my mother earlier and things happened at home," Walker said.

Constable Dale Geddie, Deputy Daniel Leon, and another unidentified officer arrived at the homeelevenminutes later. When they approached, they came under fire. Geddie and Leon were hit. They were immediatley taken to ETMC where Constable Geddie was pronounced dead. Police wouldn't tell us much about what happened before back-up arrived, but the gunman's stepson told us what he knew.

"The policemen showed up. My sister was at the home and he shot him. They came to the window and door. My stepfather shot the policeman.He had problems," said Walker.

Those at the nearby convenience store said they heard several shots. Some that sounded like a pistol. Others, they say, were unmistakably some sort of shotgun. At 11:27 dozens of officers swarmed the neighborhood.

Chris Powell was working across the street.

He said, "All of a sudden, FBI, NSA, all those guys showed up, and in 10 seconds, everything went wild."

Armored vehicles, a S.W.A.T team, and officers in bullet proof vests. They were all ready to do whatever it took to catch the shooter. It was a tense two hours for everyone. Neighbors like this pregnant woman and her child were held up in their homes. Officers were on edge, not knowing how things would end. Negotiations were ongoing, when the gunman, all of a sudden, came out of the house armed with a high powered assault rifle.

Trooper Jeanne Dark is the Public Information Officer for the Department of Public Safety.

She said, "It's unknown what exactly brough the suspect out. What prompted his actions to come out, being armed and acting in a hostile manner toward the the officers that were there."

When officers saw the gunman approaching them, they took aim, firing the shot that would end the stand-off, and killing the man who had been keeping them at bay.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

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