CLEVELAND, Texas - Deputies shot and killed a woman late Tuesday night after a standoff and fire in Cleveland, Montgomery County deputies say.
Just after 10 p.m., deputies say they were called to a home in the 9900 block of Slaughter Road and Faulkner. Brady Fitzgerald with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says officers were first called to the home by a woman who said a family member was threatening her with a gun.
Fitzgerald says as deputies made their way to the home, they got another 9-1-1 call from the now-deceased suspect. The suspect told dispatchers she had been shot in the leg and others were dead at the scene.
When deputies arrived at the home, Fitzgerald says the home had been set on fire and a woman was seen inside the house, turning off lights.
"A female came outside of the house several times and pointed a rifle at deputies. At one point when she came outside the house she stumbled and fell. Deputies approached the female, at which time the female gained her composure, got back up, and pointed a rifle at deputies," he said.
The deputies opened fire on the woman after she threatened them with the gun, according to Fitzgerald. He says deputies dragged the wounded woman away from the burning home and efforts to save her failed.
The suspect's name hasn't been released. Neighbor Gina Atkinson told Local 2 her husband is related to the woman's boyfriend and the couple has eight month old twins.
"It's heartbreaking. They're twins. They're not going to have a mom. It's heartbreaking," said Atkinson.
She says the twins were initially with paramedics before they were brought to her house. Their grandmother told Atkinson she had gone to her daughter's home to visit Tuesday night.
"She just said the girl was hallucinating. She was on drugs. She was waving a gun and was going to kill her or was saying she was going to kill her. She instinctively grabbed the babies and called the cops and came down the road," said Atkinson.
She says the twins are now with other family members.
Fitzgerald says the deputies will be on administrative leave while the investigation into the shooting continues.
The sheriff's office, district attorney's office, Texas Rangers and the Montgomery County Fire Marshal's Office are all assisting in the investigation.
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