Texas Reporter, Photographer Shot


(AP) Updated at 12:05 a.m.

Authorities said they don’t know why a man opened fire from the garage of his burning home, wounding a newspaper reporter and photographer and forcing firefighters to retreat.

After a four-hour standoff, a SWAT team officer shot and killed 73-year-old Fred Douglas Wallace.

“We have no way of telling what his intentions were,” police spokesman Chris Moore said. “We don’t know what his mental state is.”

Firefighters found the front section of the house in flames when they arrived Tuesday, then opened the garage and discovered Wallace in a car pointing a rifle at them, Moore said. Firefighters retreated and the man began shooting.

Tyler Morning Telegraph reporter Shauna Wonzer and photographer Herb Nygren were waiting to speak with firefighters when the shots rang out, striking Wonzer in the thigh and grazing Nygren on the side of his head.

“I’m OK. I just was not expecting a man with a gun in the garage at a house fire,” Wonzer said at Mother Frances Hospital. She said she “felt a sharp pain in my left leg and saw blood when I looked down.”

Wonzer was listed in fair condition Wednesday. Nygren was treated and released.

Wallace lived alone. The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.

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