Neighbors say Police Came to Home of Man Accused in Shootout

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ODESSA, Texas (AP) - A neighbor says the wife of a man accused of killing two Odessa police officers and critically wounding a third had called police to the house several times before.

Fifty-eight-year-old Larry White, the alleged shooter, is an avid hunter who liked guns and often drank beer during the day. That's according to his next-door neighbor Raymond Graham.

Investigators say a woman called authorities Saturday evening, saying her husband had hit her. Police couldn't enter the house through the front door. When they tried to go in the back door, a man began firing at them.

Graham says police had been called to the home at least three times in the past 10 years for nonviolent incidents.

Forty-eight-year-old Arlie Jones and 30-year-old John "Scott" Gardner, both corporals, were killed in the shootout. 32-year-old Corporal Abel Marquez was shot in the face with buckshot and remained hospitalized in critical condition.

White, who was shot in the abdomen, was transferred from the hospital to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center and booked on two counts of capital murder and three counts of attempted capital murder.

A spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety said the officers' deaths were the first by gunfire in the department's history.