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Parker County suspect who battled deputy killed in standoff

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SPRINGTOWN, Texas -

The man who was wanted for attacking a Parker County sheriff's deputy is dead following a standoff with officers.

Sheriff Larry Fowler said his deputies engaged 44-year-old Winford Watkins just before 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning in a house in the 100 block of Cindy Lane, southeast of Springtown.

Watkins allegedly pointed a handgun at the officers so they opened fire on him. He retreated to a bathroom and was later found dead on floor with his gun nearby, the sheriff said.

It was the culmination of a standoff that lasted through the night despite the use of tear gas.

Watkins is accused of attacking a deputy during a traffic stop Monday afternoon.

He allegedly refused to drop his gun and while the deputy took cover, Watkins grabbed a tire iron and started smashing the deputy's windshield.

The deputy then shot at the suspect, who fled the scene and triggered a brief chase.

Watkins was sentenced to 45 years in jail last week by a Collin County jury for burglary charges. He was free because he failed to appear in court.

He has previous burglary, drug possession and assault convictions.

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