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Officer, 2 others killed in gunfight

September 07, 2008|From the Associated Press

Three people, including a police officer, are dead after a reported domestic disturbance at a hair salon turned into a gunfight, police said.

Martinez police and Contra Costa County sheriff's deputies responded to the disturbance call at Elegant Hair Designs at 11:35 a.m., said Jimmy Lee, a sheriff's spokesman.

After officers arrived, the gunman fled to an apartment complex behind the salon and shots were fired, Lee said.

Martinez Police Sgt. Paul Starzyck was killed in the exchange, but authorities did not identify the man and woman who died.

Witnesses said more than a dozen people, including a bridal party, were in the salon when the gunman appeared, looking for a female acquaintance. No one in the salon was shot.

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