Suspect in reservation killings dead after shootout with police

Suspect in reservation killings dead after shootout with police

Suspect in reservation killings dead after shootout with police

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by TRACIE CONE

AP

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a man suspected of shooting three people to death and wounding another on a California Indian reservation has died from his injuries in a shootout with police.

Officials say 31-year-old Hector Celaya died Sunday, hours after he was wounded during gunfire with Tulare County sheriff's deputies as he tried to flee in a vehicle.

Officials say Celaya, also shot his two daughters, ages 5 and 8, who were with him in the vehicle when he was apprehended about 2 a.m. Sunday.

It was unclear when the girls were shot. One girl suffered life-threatening injuries while the other girl was less seriously hurt.

A motive for the attacks was not immediately known.

The initial shooting was on the Tule Indian Reservation, which is about 50 miles north of Bakersfield.

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