Not even a year after the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, another one pops up. This time it was a police standoff. Four people, including an armed suspect, died after a police standoff lasting hours Saturday at a Colorado townhome, authorities said.
A SWAT team was called after gunshots were heard at the home at about 3 am, Police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson said. According to Yahoo News, three victims, all of them adults, had apparently been killed before officers arrived.
Carlson said the suspect fired at officers around 8:15 am and was killed during a gunfight about nearly an hour later later when police entered the home. It remains unclear if officers shot the suspect or if it was suicide. As of yet, the motive is unknown.
“We’re just getting in there with our crime scene detectives, so obviously we’ll have to determine if it was our rounds or his rounds. This is a big investigation, and a lot is entailed.”
A fifth person escaped uninjured before officers arrived, and told them that she saw three people inside the home who “appeared lifeless.” The sergeant did not elaborate on her escape.
Violence struck Aurora and put the Denver suburb in the spotlight in July when a gunman’s bloody rampage inside a movie theater left 12 people dead at a viewing of “The Dark Knight Rises”. Prosecutors will go to court Monday to outline their case against the suspect.
Further details on the police standoff, including the suspect and victim’s names, will be released as the investigation develops.