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Two Houston-Area Deputies, Gunman Wounded in Shootout

Two Harris County constable deputies have been wounded in a shootout that authorities say also left the gunman wounded and two other deputies injured.

Constable Mark Herman says one of the deputies shot with a shotgun is hospitalized in stable condition. The other has received treatment for a shotgun pellet wound to his head.

Herman says two deputies suffered cuts and scrapes as they dove for cover.

Sheriff's spokesman Thomas Gilliland says the deputies had responded to a phone call early Tuesday from a man who sounded suicidal.  He emerged from a home with a shotgun. Gilliland says it's unclear who shot first.

Gilliland says all four deputies hit the unidentified gunman. He's in serious condition and facing four counts of aggravated assault on a police officer.

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