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Ex-officer linked to child porn shot

MOBILE (AP) — A former Mobile police officer, due in federal court Wednesday to face child pornography charges, shot himself in the head at his home as federal agents arrived to arrest him.

Police said Fredrick Renfroe, 44, was taken to the University of South Alabama Medical Center with a single gunshot wound Tuesday evening.

A nursing supervisor said Renfroe was in critical condition Wednesday.

Police spokesman John Young said FBI agents and U.S. marshals were at Renfroe's residence to arrest him and revoke his probation for removing an electronic monitoring device.

He had been under house arrest pending trial on charges involving images on his computer.

Renfroe's neighbor, Ronnie Branum, said he saw several law enforcement agents surround the house.

He said they had entered when the gun was fired.

"The trucks pulled up real fast, and the men got out, and they had on FBI jackets," Branum said.

"They ran up to the door and (Renfroe) opened the door and then saw who it was and took off back inside the house."

He said agents brought a battering ram inside the house and "we heard them beat on a door two or three times. Then we heard a shot."

Renfroe was arrested in 2005 after authorities said a search of his home turned up child pornography images on his computer.

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