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Woman Dead, Man Hospitalized After Shooting in Allen

An Allen police officer fired his weapon while responding to the incident, but it was unclear if he struck the woman

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A woman is dead and a man is injured after a shooting in Allen on Monday afternoon, police say.

The incident happened in the 600 block of W. McDermott Drive, just east of Central Expressway, at about 2:27 p.m. Monday, Allen police said.

Police said they were at first called to the area on a "disturbance call," which was changed to a "weapons call" based on information dispatch call-takers received.

Police said initially. officers were unable to find a disturbance.

But when they began looking around, they said they saw a woman holding a rifle and heard several shots. The woman, identified Tuesday as 27-year-old Gloria Marie Strong, started to run with the rifle, police said, and an officer fired at least one shot at her.

It was unclear if the shot fired by the officer struck Strong, police said.

She collapsed several feet away and officers found a man, identified Tuesday as 24-year-old Michael Anthony Cooper, with a gunshot wound on the ground between two vehicles, police said.

Witness video showed officers approaching the woman on the ground.

Police said first aid was performed on both people, who were rushed to an area hospital. Strong was pronounced dead and Cooper was rushed into surgery. He remained in the ICU Tuesday after the surgery.

Allen police said Tuesday that investigators learned Strong and Cooper were in a "heated argument" and both were armed. At one point during the argument, Strong shot Cooper multiple times.

Police said the two knew each other, but the reason for the argument had not yet been determined.

The Texas Rangers will lead with the investigation because an officer discharged his weapon, police said.

Late Monday, the ATF used a dog at the scene which is trained to detect bullet and bullet fragments that may be overlooked by the naked eye.

Part of a tree was also carved out where an officer said a bullet passed through.

Anyone with further information about the incident was asked to call the Allen Police Department at 214-509-4200.

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