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Texas Rangers investigating after TCSO deputy shoots suspect in Elgin; 2 others killed

The Travis County Sheriff's Office said a deputy shot a suspect while responding to a call in Elgin. The suspect later died. Two others also died in the incident.

ELGIN, Texas — The Texas Rangers are now investigating a shooting in Elgin where three people died, including a suspect who was shot and killed by a responding deputy, on Sept. 17.

The Travis County Sheriff's Office said the incident started as a call to the Elgin Police Department around 4 p.m. on Bexar Forest Cove. The TCSO assisted with the call. 

A spokesperson confirmed to KVUE that a TCSO deputy shot a suspect, who then died. The deputy is now on administrative leave until the investigation is complete, as is done with any officer-involved shooting, the spokesperson said. 

Two others were also killed in the incident.

The three people killed have been identified as Rito Paul Morales, his wife, Kristin Morales, and Randi Mitchell.

According to a neighbor, a man who lived at the residence had a gun when officials arrived on scene. The neighbor said the man pointed the gun at his own head and later toward police, which is around the time she heard shots fired.

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement records show Rito Morales was a former Texas DPS trooper. Court documents show he filed for divorce from Kristin Morales on Sept. 12 after 51 years of marriage.

"I have lived here five years and never seen something like this. It's hard because they were a family. I have a family myself, and just to know that this happened to them, it's hard. I am still processing everything," said the neighbor, who wished to remain unidentified.

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