Police Shoot and Kill Alleged Robbery Suspect

Texas law enforcement officers have shot and killed a man who opened fire on officers outside a Wal-Mart store, police said on Tuesday.

The suspect was identified as Erick Keith Murphy, 27, of Murphy, according to multiple news outlets.

Police began investigating a report of a robbery in progress at the store about 6:15 p.m. local time, NBC News reported.

When officers arrived, they were confronted by the suspect, who immediately opened fire, according to police, who described the suspect as “armed with a handgun.”

Austin Officer Thomas Groves, 35, was shot and killed in the exchange of gunfire with the suspect. He was a 12-year veteran of the force.

The other officer, Andrew Pennington, 32, was shot in the stomach and was being treated at an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. He returned fire on the suspect.

Officers apprehended the suspect several blocks away and recovered a handgun, police said.

“Today we lost one of our brother officers,” Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw said in a statement. “But we are fortunate that he did not suffer further.”

The victims’ names have not been released.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the shooting.

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