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TEXAS ROUNDUP — Police say person died after officers open fire

ODESSA — Police in the West Texas city of Odessa say a person who an initial investigation indicates pointed a firearm at three officers died after they opened fire.

Police said the officers encountered the person Sunday evening while responding to several calls about shots being fired.

Police say the person refused to comply with officers’ demands. Police say an Initial investigation indicates the person pointed a firearm at three officers. The officers then shot at the person, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The person who was killed has not been identified.

Police say the Texas Rangers are investigating.

 

Authorities probe police shooting
HOUSTON — Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting by Houston police of a man accused of threatening officers with a pistol.

Houston police had been investigating a shooting in south Houston Friday night when they were called to a nearby apartment complex over reports of a man who was walking around with a gun.

A woman at the complex told police that the unidentified man had been trying to get into her apartment.

Police say two officers ordered the man to put down his weapon, but he told the officers, “go ahead” and “I’m ready.”

Houston Police Assistant Chief Bobby Dobbins says the officers opened fire after the man raised his right hand with the pistol and refused to put down the weapon.

The man died at the scene.

 

9-year-old killed in drag racing crash

DALLAS — Dallas police say a 9-year-old girl was killed and another child was seriously injured after the car they were riding in was hit by a vehicle that had been drag racing.

Police say three cars were racing on a Dallas street Friday night when one of the vehicles hit a Chevrolet Impala with the two children.

The 9-year-old girl, who was in the back seat, was ejected. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Authorities say another child in the back seat and a front passenger are in critical condition. The driver is in good condition.

Police say the driver of the vehicle that hit the Impala was taken into custody after being released from a hospital. The other two drivers involved fled but were later taken into custody.

Charges are pending in the case.

 

Texas school district ordered to pay $9.2M

HOUSTON — A federal jury has ruled that the Houston school district must pay an Austin-company $9.2 million after concluding dozens of district workers violated federal copyright laws by repeatedly misusing one of the firm’s study guides.

The Houston Chronicle reports that DynaStudy had alleged school district employees had cropped out the company’s logo, hid copyright violation warnings and widely distributed the manipulated study guides to colleagues throughout the district.

DynaStudy had first raised its concerns in 2012 and later filed its lawsuit in 2016.

In an email, company owner Ellen Harris said that the verdict “affirms copyright law and enables DynaStudy to reimagine the best possible business model to accomplish its mission.”

In a statement, the Houston school district said it is “reviewing the verdict to determine next steps.”

 

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