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By Cassandra Vinograd

A sheriff's deputy was shot and killed while responding to a domestic-violence call in Nevada, officials said Saturday.

The Carson City Sheriff's Department said officers dispatched to a home at around 2:18 a.m. on Saturday found a female with "physical injury."

"Within minutes, the male suspect came out of the house and opened fire on the officers, killing one," it said in a statement. Police said that after additional units arrived on the scene, three children and an adult were evacuated from the home.

The suspect also died at the scene; it was not immediately clear how.

Neighbor Scott Harper told NBC affiliate KRNV that he woke up to the sounds of gunfire.

"It was chaotic, the police were coming from everywhere," he said. "It was pretty scary."

The slain deputy's name has not been released.

Gov. Brian Sandoval said Nevada "lost one of its finest public servants" in the tragedy.

“The death of this dedicated officer is a sobering reminder of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform courageously make each and every day as they protect our communities,” he said in a statement.