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Shootout at Texas traffic stop leaves two dead; officer, one other wounded

Two people were fatally shot and a San Antonio police officer was wounded in what officials said started as a routine traffic stop on Friday morning.

The gunfire erupted shortly after police pulled over a car and an officer engaged the driver in what appeared to be casual conversation for a few minutes, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.

“At some point, I’m not sure why, but the driver pulled a gun and started firing and the officer was hit in the hand,” McManus told reporters near the scene after reviewing video from the policeman’s body-worn camera.

“He retreated backward, returning fire inside the vehicle,” he added.

The driver and a passenger, both of whom were men estimated to be in their 20s, were killed, McManus said. An another passenger was wounded and was rushed to a hospital.

The police chief, stressing that his information was preliminary, said he did not know what prompted the traffic stop. (Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlana and Peter Szekely in New York; Editing by Chris Reese and Jonathan Oatis)

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