Felon who skipped sentencing shot dead during Parker County standoff

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by WFAA

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Posted on October 15, 2013 at 8:33 AM

PARKER COUNTY, Texas — Authorities said a convicted felon was shot dead during a standoff Tuesday morning at a Parker County home.

Winford Raynord Watkins was shot by deputies after aiming a gun at law enforcement from inside a home where he barricaded himself, said Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler.

"He dropped down out of the attic and the deputies engaged him in the hallway," Fowler said. "He pointed a handgun at the deputies and they opened fire on him."

The sheriff said a handgun was found underneath Watkins' right leg.

State troopers and local law enforcement officers were searching for a convicted felon who was involved in an altercation Monday with a Parker County Sheriff's deputy.

The SWAT team converged on Cindy Lane near Azle Monday afternoon looking for a fugitive on the run.

According to Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler, a deputy pulled over the suspect, Winford Raynard Watkins, for a traffic violation. The deputy noticed Watkins had a gun with him, buried in some papers, and a female passenger in the car.

The deputy returned to his patrol car before Watkins, 44, began beating on the deputy's windshield with a lug wrench.

There was an assault rifle in the deputy's car, and according to Sheriff Fowler, and the deputy feared that Watkins was going for the weapon.

The deputy fired shots at the suspect, but missed.

The suspect got in the car and drove away with the passenger. After a short pursuit down a dead-end road, Watkins bailed out of the vehicle and ran towards houses in a wooded area.

A police helicopter hovered over the houses as heavily-armed officers scoured the area.

Watkins was sentenced to 45 years in prison for burglary of a habitation and felony theft for a McKinney home burglary last week. He failed to appear in a Collin County court for the end of his trial in September.

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