Johnson County Deputy Killed, Gunman Dead

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    Johnson County Sheriff
    Clifton Taylor died after being shot in the line of duty near Venus.

    One Johnson County Sheriff's deputy was killed and one deputy was injured in a shooting outside of Venus, and the gunman was killed according to the sheriff's department

    Three Johnson County deputies and a Venus Police officer were responding to a domestic violence call in the 2200 block of Eagle Circle just after 4 p.m. when the shooting happened, according to Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford.

    When the three deputies and police officer arrived at the home, a family member told them Wesley Davis, 47, had fled to a shed on the property. When the officers approached the shed, Davis opened fire according to the sheriff's department.

    Deputy Clifton Taylor, 31, was shot three times in the neck and back according to the sheriff's department, he was pronounced dead at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. He had been a deputy with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department for three years and three months.

    Deputy Patrick Geyer, 39, was hit where his handheld radio was, but the bullet did not penetrate his skin, according to the sheriff's department. Geyer suffered bruising and was released from the hospital in Cleburne.

    Sheriff Alford said Deputy Geyer, Deputy Eric McClelland, 25, and Venus Police Officer Jepson returned fire and killed Davis. Careflite pronounced Davis dead at the scene.

    The sheriff's department said Davis was from Oklahoma and had been at the residence near Venus for a few days. No other details about Davis were available Saturday night.

    The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting along with other law enforcement agencies.