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Killeen shooting suspect identified as Fort Hood soldier

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The man killed in a shootout with Killeen police over the weekend has been identified as Pfc. Dustin Billy Cole, a 24-year-old with nearly five years of military experience.

Officers were called to the Grandon Manor Apartments in Killeen around 11:40 a.m. Saturday. A man, later identified as Cole, had allegedly threatening people at the pool with a firearm.

When police arrived at Cole’s apartment, Cole stepped out as if he were willing to be taken into custody. Instead, he ducked back into his apartment, armed himself with an AK-47 and fired at the officers, according to a Killeen Police Department spokesperson.

Two Killeen police officers, officers Robert Hornsby and Juan Obregon, were also wounded in the shootout. Hornsby was killed in the firefight. Obregon was shot in the leg and is in stable condition.

According to a Fort Hood spokesperson, Cole joined the military towards the end of 2008 as a combat engineer and had been assigned to the 584th Engineer Company, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, since February 2009.

Cole had served overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from Jan. 2010 to Jan. 2011 and from Feb. 2012 to Feb. 2013. The six-year-veteran had earned a number of medals, including an Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal and a Combat Action Badge.

Cole’s hometown is listed as Talihina, Okla.

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