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Houston motel shooter died by police gunfire, officials say

HOUSTON — Medical examiners have determined that a man who killed two people at a Houston motel then wounded two others was killed by police gunfire in a shootout with officers. The Houston Chronicle reports that an autopsy showed 35-year-old Irvin Peterson had multiple gunshot wounds to his head and back, and the death was ruled a homicide. Police said they were initially unsure whether Peterson died from the officers’ gunfire or a self-inflicted wound. The shootings happened late Sunday at the Palace Inn motel in northwest Houston. Peterson killed two people in the motel and wounded two others by opening fire into the parking lot on officers who were responding to the scene. No officers were hurt. Police haven’t released information about why he killed the two people.

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