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Deputy, suspect die in Texas shooting

Associated Press / April 25, 2011

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VENUS, Texas — A North Texas deputy died after being shot in the line of duty in a small town south of Dallas-Fort Worth on Saturday, and a suspect also was killed, authorities said.

Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford said the shooting took place Saturday afternoon near Venus and that a suspect was shot and killed by deputies.

Alford did not identify either victim in his release, but local media outlets said Alford later spoke to reporters outside a Fort Worth hospital where the deputy had been taken and identified him as Clifton Taylor, 31.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram said Taylor, who had been with the department for little more than three years, had been shot three times — in his neck, side, and back.

“I can’t say enough what a fine officer Clifton Taylor was,’’ Alford was quoted as telling the newspaper. “He will be missed.’’

Anthony Vargas, a supervisor at the John Peter Smith Hospital in Forth Worth, said early yesterday that a man identified as Clifton Taylor and suffering at least one gunshot wound was pronounced dead there on Saturday evening.

Alford had said earlier no further information would be released as the investigation continues.

Venus is a town of fewer than 2,000 people, about 30 miles south of Dallas-Fort Worth. Local reports said Texas Rangers would take part in the investigation as is customary when an officer is shot.

Video footage after the shooting showed law enforcement officers pacing about a shed in a yard while an ambulance stood by and a crime scene photographer worked at the site.

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