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Man killed after shooting at Parker County deputies

A man is dead after he charged at Parker County Sheriff’s deputies while firing a gun Friday night.

No other injuries were reported.

According to a news release from the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, on Friday night a 36-year-old man kept calling 911 from a home in the 100 block of Couch Court, about five miles west of Azle. The man was “belligerently demanding to speak to deputies for unknown reasons and hanging up,” and he told dispatchers he had a gun.

Deputies were dispatched to the residence, and dispatchers asked the man to leave the house with his hands up, the release says, but the man then began to threaten to kill “the first cop I see.” He kept speaking “incoherently and was verbally abusive” to dispatchers and made demands.

Then, about 10:30 p.m., he came out of the home and charged toward the deputies, ignoring orders to go to the ground, while firing an AR-15 rifle five times at them, the release says.

Deputies returned fire, shooting him in the neck. They secured the scene and called for paramedics, but the man died at the scene.

His identity has not been released.

The Texas Rangers will investigate the incident, which Sheriff Larry Fowler called “a tragedy.”

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST