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Police: Officer, suspect die after Louisiana gun battle

July 18, 2021 GMT

DOYLINE, La. (AP) — Authorities say a north Louisiana police officer was fatally shot and a suspect in his death also died following exchanges of gunfire Saturday evening.

State police say it happened Saturday evening in the village of Doyline.

Police were immediately fired upon and began firing back after arriving at a Doyline residence to answer a call. KTBS-TV reported that the call was about a suicidal man.

William Earl Collins Jr., was fatally wounded. News outlets say Collins was a Webster Parish sheriff’s deputy working part-time for Doyline police. Authorities eventually entered the residence after being unable to contact the person inside.

They found 59-year-old Mahlon Taylor of Doyline with a gunshot wound. State police say Taylor died at a hospital Saturday night.

It was not immediately clear whether Taylor was hit by police gunfire.