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Four officers hurt in Texas shootout

Authorities try negotiation, tear gas in attempts to end standoff

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(CNN) -- A gunbattle with a man holed up in a Texas apartment complex left three police officers and a state trooper wounded, police said, and authorities were in a standoff with a 25-year-old suspect.

The suspect held out through two rounds of tear gas late Sunday.

The situation began unfolding at 2:50 p.m. (3:50 p.m. ET), when a woman in Midlothian, about 25 miles southwest of Dallas, called police to report that a window in her apartment had broken without any apparent explanation, Snipes said. (Watch as lawmen swarm around suspect's apartment -- :49)

Investigating officers discovered it had been broken by a bullet and traced its trajectory to another apartment in the same complex, he said.

"On entry, they were immediately fired upon," he said.

The four wounded lawmen were taken to Methodist Central Hospital in Dallas, where all were in stable or fair condition late Sunday, Snipes said.

Authorities attempted to negotiate with the suspect, identified as Richard Miles, by passing notes back and forth, Snipes said. When police tried to toss a telephone to the suspect shortly before 6 p.m., another intense exchange of fire erupted.

"When it proved futile, a cease-fire was called, and we went back to negotiations," Snipes said.

Authorities have twice launched tear-gas canisters into the apartment but have failed to flush out the suspect. It was not known whether Miles was wounded or whether he had any hostages, Snipes said.

Officers from 10 jurisdictions were involved in the standoff. Snipes said Miles' only previous contact with Midlothian police was when he was questioned in May regarding "a minor criminal mischief charge."

"At this point, we have no idea what his motivation was for the shooting," he said.

One of the wounded officers, Dustin Compton, 30, was shot once in the calf and was likely to be released Sunday night. Officer Cody McKinney, 28, was shot six times -- three times in the arm, twice in the thigh and once in the knee.

Police Sgt. Brian Woolery, 34, was shot in the foot and shoulder, and a third round hit his body armor. He was in stable condition in Methodist Central's intensive care unit while doctors considered whether to operate on a bullet that lodged in his back, Snipes said.

State Trooper Rick Smith was in fair condition and talking after being shot under the right eye, said Lisa Block, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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