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Hector Celaya fired at police after killing three and was fatally shot, police said.
Hector Celaya fired at police after killing three and was fatally shot, police said. (Tulare County Sheriff's Dept.)
Posted: December 10, 2012

3 killed in Calif.; gunman dies

PORTERVILLE, Calif. - A man shot three people to death and wounded another on a California Indian reservation, and was fatally wounded himself hours later in an exchange of gunfire with sheriff's deputies as he tried to flee in a vehicle, authorities said Sunday.

Officials said Hector Celaya, 31, also shot his two daughters, ages 5 and 8, who were with him when he was apprehended about 2 a.m. One had life-threatening injuries and the other was less seriously hurt. A motive for the attacks wasn't immediately known.

About six hours before Celaya was caught, Tulare County sheriff's deputies were called to a trailer on the Tule Indian Reservation. Inside, they found the body of a man and a woman; the body of another man was nearby. Deputies also discovered a wounded boy, whose condition and age were not known.

Deputies found Celaya by tracking his cellphone. He fired his weapon, prompting deputies to return fire, and he died of his injuries. - AP

Obama praises rescue of doctor

WASHINGTON - President Obama is praising U.S. special operations forces, including one who was killed in action, for the rescue of an American citizen who was being held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Obama says the mission was characteristic of U.S. troops' "extraordinary courage, skill and patriotism."

A spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Dilip Joseph of Colorado Springs, Colo., was rescued Sunday in eastern Afghanistan. Joseph was abducted by the Taliban five days earlier. In a separate statement, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the "fallen hero, and all of our special operators" represent the "highest ideals of citizenship, sacrifice and service." - AP

2 die in Ohio murder-suicide

CLEVELAND - A Transportation Security Administration officer was fatally shot by her husband Sunday before he killed himself on an off-site parking lot at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, authorities said.

Before turning the gun on himself, the husband fired at a second TSA employee but missed, said a police spokesman, Sgt. Sammy Morris. The late morning shooting at an airport employee parking lot was an apparent homicide and suicide, Morris said.

No names were immediately released. Morris said the husband and wife were estranged. The wife and the second TSA employee were commuting to work; the husband apparently followed his wife to the lot, blocked her in her car by his vehicle, and then began firing, Morris said. The other TSA worker wasn't hurt. - AP

Elsewhere:

Former President George H.W. Bush, 88, remains in stable condition in his third week of hospitalization in Houston for treatment of a bronchitis-related cough. Methodist Hospital spokesman George Kovacik said Sunday that there was no change in Bush's condition.

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