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Deputy, civilian killed in California shooting

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) - Police say a fire is now out at a Modesto apartment where a suspect was holed up following the shooting deaths of a deputy and a civilian.

Modesto police officer Chris Adams says the blaze was put out by firefighters shortly before 2 a.m. PDT Friday.

But the suspect's condition still is not known.

Adams tells The Associated Press that they're still waiting for the fire scene to be safe enough for police to enter. He didn't know when that would occur.

A roaring fire started late Thursday night, hours after a sheriff's deputy and a civilian were shot to death as authorities tried to serve an eviction notice.

It was not clear how the fire began, but the Modesto Bee reports that the county sheriff has acknowledged that flash-bang devices and tear gas could have been responsible.


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