AC police academy grad killed in line of duty

VENUS, TX (AP) - VENUS, Texas (AP) - A North Texas sheriff says a man suspected of fatally shooting a deputy had been threatening people before authorities arrived.

Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Sunday that 47-year-old Wesley Davis had threatened his wife, sister and another person with a gun before he was locked out of a house near the town of Venus. Alford said did not specify Davis' Oklahoma hometown.

He said 31-year-old Deputy Clifton Taylor was among three deputies who went to the house Saturday. Taylor was shot three times.

The sheriff says Deputies Patrick Geyer and Eric McClelland returned fire, killing Davis.

Stephen Williamson, the training coordinator at Angelina College Regional Police and Security Training, confirmed Taylor is an alumni of the school's academy. Taylor was a graduate of Class 70, which graduated in December of 2007.

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