updated 8/10/2007 4:34:51 PM ET 2007-08-10T20:34:51

Two Bastrop police officers were shot to death Friday afternoon at a hotel near the parish courthouse and a standoff with the assailant was under way, the.

Morehouse Parish Sheriff Danny McGrew confirmed the deaths to KNOE television in Monroe. A third person was also reported shot but an identity and condition of that person was not available.

Mark Rainwater, editor of the Bastrop Daily Enterprise newspaper, said the shooting happened near the newspaper office, close to the Morehouse Parish Courthouse.

"I was sitting in my office about 1:30 and heard what I thought was somebody banging on a piece of tin," Rainwater said.

A reporter sent to investigate dropped to the ground after hearing the gunfire.

"I walked outside and saw him crawling, literally, across the street," Rainwater said.

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