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FORT BEND COUNTY (Covering Fort Bend News) – A man who caused a standoff with Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Deputies has been found dead inside his home. The deputy that he shot in the leg has a non-life-threatening wound to his leg. The standoff happened in the Orchard Lake Estates subdivision off Highway 99 near West Airport Boulevard and FM 1464. It began at about 4:20 a.m. Tuesday.
The events began with a woman calling 9-11 saying that she was being threatened by her husband. When a deputy and the deputy’s trainee arrived the man began firing at them according to Sheriff Troy Nehls. They exchanged gunfire. A bullet struck the veteran deputy in the leg. He was taken to Memorial Hermann Sugar Land for treatment.
The woman who called deputies and her father were able to escape the home during the shootout, but the husband was still inside the home with the wife’s grandmother and a 2-year-old, according to Sheriff Nehls. About four hours after the standoff started, the grandmother and child walked out of the home.
Deputies attempted to make contact with the gunman but were unsuccessful, so just before 11 a.m. they shot gas canisters into the home. The man did not come out so the SWAT team entered and found the gunman dead. The cause of death has not yet been released.
A two-year-old girl and the wife’s grandmother were not able to escape when the gunshots happened. They were finally released unharmed at about 8 a.m. but the gunman stayed inside the home.