Deputies Shoot, Kill Texas Fugitive

WEATHERFORD (October 15, 2013)--Three Parker County sheriff’s deputies were on administrative leave Tuesday after an armed fugitive was shot to death during a standoff.

Winford Watkins was shot and killed early Tuesday after he pointed a gun at the deputies at a rural home near Weatherford, about 20 miles west of Fort Worth, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said.

Texas Rangers will help investigate.

Watkins had failed to appear in court for a hearing during which he was sentenced to 45 years in prison for burglary of a habitation and felony theft.

Monday afternoon a deputy pulled Watkins over in a routine traffic stop and noticed a gun in the vehicle before Watkins drove away.

Deputies converged on the home Monday night.

Watkins had served time for drug possession, burglary and credit card abuse.


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