UPDATE: 4 dead after police standoff at a Colo. townhome

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

AURORA, Colo. (AP) -- Police say four people are dead, including the suspect, after an hours-long police standoff at a Colorado townhome.

Police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson says a SWAT team was called after gunshots were heard at the Aurora, Colo., home at about 3 a.m. Saturday. Investigators say three victims appeared to have been killed before officers arrived.

Carlson says the suspect was shot and killed when he exchanged fire with officers at about 9 a.m.

A fifth person escaped uninjured, but Carlson declined to elaborate.

Violence put Aurora in the national spotlight nearly six months ago after a gunman's bloody rampage inside a Colorado movie theater left 12 people dead. Prosecutors will go to court Monday to outline their case against the suspect, James Holmes.

ORIGINAL STORY
AURORA, Colo. (AP) -- Authorities are outside a Colorado home where they believe an armed man may be holding as many as four people hostage.

Police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson tells KUSA-TV a SWAT team was called after gunshots were heard at the Aurora, Colo., home at about 3 a.m. Saturday. She says the man barricaded inside has fired shots, but it's unclear if anyone was injured.

Officers have been negotiating with the man, sometimes using a bullhorn, and several homes in the area have been evacuated.

Carlson says officers believe the man is holding three to four adults hostage.

Aurora police did not immediately return phone calls from The Associated Press.


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