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Texas Deputy Sheriff Fatally Shot Serving Warrant

A Reagan County (Texas) Sheriff Deputy was shot and killed Wednesday evening while attempting to serve a warrant on a man in Big Lake who then barricaded himself inside a home touching off a standoff that continues hours into Thursday morning.

According to Odessa television station KOSA CBS7, the slain officer is Deputy Josh Mitchell who was pronounced dead at Reagan Memorial Hospital.

After the shooting which occurred at about 6 p.m., police evacuated a portion around the home and displaced residents sought shelter in the nearby First Baptist Church of Big Lake, according to the television station.

As the night wore on, large contingent of police assembled on the scene, large mobile lights were brought in as the American Red Cross provided food for the officers, according to the television station.

Some eight hours after the standoff began, an armored vehicle was brought in and a remote-controlled robot was deployed to make contact with the suspect. After more than 10 hours on the scene, there had been no contact with the man, and the television reporter on the scene said it appeared the home was pitch black inside. Other reports indicate that law enforcement cut power and gas to the home.

According to Officer Down Memorial Page, Deputy Mitchell is survived by his wife. will provide more information as it becomes available.