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Officials In Texas Confirm Deputy Mistakenly Shot And Killed Constable Caleb Rule

MISSOURI CITY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A Texas deputy mistakenly shot and killed another responding officer on Friday while he searched a home after a neighbor reported a suspicious person in the area.

The shooting happened in Missouri City, about 15 miles southwest of Houston.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said a neighbor called police to report that someone suspicious was running in the area. In addition to sheriff's deputies, Deputy Constable Caleb Rule responded.

Nehls said officers went to a vacant home, where the door was unlocked, and searched it. It was during that search that a deputy fatally shot Rule -- apparently mistaking him for an intruder.

"What else do you say? You've got to pray for everybody — just a tragic, tragic scene here," the sheriff said.

Caleb Rule had only been with the constable's office for about 4 month, before that he had a 14-year stint with the Missouri City Police Department.

The deputy, whose name has not been released, was placed on leave, as per department policy in deputy-involved shootings, and an investigation into the shooting is underway.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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