Suspected drug dealer dies in exchange of gunfire with local officers

(Courtesy Bell County Sheriff's Office, James Reed)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) An officer-involved shooting left one man dead early Wednesday morning in Killeen.

Authorities identified the man as James Scott Reed, 40.

He was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police after Killeen officers executed a no-knock search and arrest warrant at around 6 a.m. at 215 West Hallmark Ave.

Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced Reed dead at the scene at around 7 a.m. and ordered an autopsy.

SWAT officers were met by gunfire as they entered the residence, police said.

Police did not immediately identify the two officers who returned fire.

A woman who was inside the residence at the time of the raid was taken to the Killeen City Jail on narcotics-related charges, police said.

She was not identified.

One officer was treated for minor facial injuries and later released, police said.

Killeen police Chief Charles Kimble said the no-knock warrant was requested because Reed was known to carry a gun while selling drugs.

"Protection of our officers’, protection of the defendant, and protection of citizens is foremost,” he said.

“That is what we look at and when we looked at his history plus the things we knew going into the investigation that was a collaborative effort all the way up to the executive level," Kimble said.

The chief also said Reed had a history of making terroristic threats, robbery and aggravated assault.

A neighbor who asked that her name not be used said she was awakened Wednesday by the sounds of gunfire.

“I woke up my fiancé and I said ‘Baby did you hear that?’ then I heard people arguing really loud. Then the shots were really loud like bang, bang, bang one after the other then 15 minutes later I see lights from the police” she said

Texas Rangers are investigating.