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Officials say suspect in shooting of 2 South Texas police officers 'presumed dead'

Law enforcement officers secure a neighborhood during a standoff with a capitol murder in La Joya, Texas on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Officials said the suspect was later presumed dead after a final assault on the house. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Nathan Lambrecht) MAGS OUT; TV OUT

LA JOYA, Texas – Authorities say a man suspected of shooting two South Texas police officers is “presumed dead” after an assault by officers on the house in which he was barricaded.

The suspect in a capital murder case had been spraying bullets Tuesday night outside the house in the Rio Grande Valley town of La Joya (HOY’-ah).

Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said the man was silenced Tuesday evening after officers rammed the front door, inserted tear gas and exchanged fire. Guerra said the man is “presumed dead” but that won’t be confirmed until a bomb squad clears the house of booby-trapped explosives the man said he’d rigged.

Police say the two wounded officers and six others pinned down by gunfire have been rescued.