KILLEEN, Texas (AP) - Four people have been shot to death in Killeen in Central Texas and another is hospitalized in what police are calling a murder-suicide.
Authorities responding late Sunday to a domestic disturbance call found three people dead, another wounded and a man barricaded inside a home.
SWAT officers were summoned and Killeen police say after about a two-hour standoff the gunman was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Names of the victims and other details are not immediately available.
Killeen police released the following statement on Monday morning:
Officers responded to a 911 call of a disturbance, on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at 10:26pm, in the 1700 block of Godman. As officers were responding to the call, they were told that a male was armed and shots had been fired. Upon the officers' arrival they located several gunshot victims at 1706 Godman and were told the suspect had fled with his wife, back to his residence at 1710 Godman. Shortly thereafter shots were heard coming from inside that residence. The Tactical Response Unit was deployed to the scene and several attempts were made to speak with the male however they received no response. The TRU Officers made entry into the house at 12:26am and located the male and female deceased with gunshot wounds.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the 30 year old male suspect shot a 29 year old female; a 41 year old female and a 40 year old male at 1706 Godman. He then forced his 28 year old wife back to their residence at 1710 Godman. Justice of the Peace, Garland Potvin, pronounced the 40 year male deceased at 1:07am, the 29 year old female deceased at 1:11am, the 30 year old male suspect deceased at 1:19am and his 28 year old wife deceased at 1:21am, and ordered autopsies to be performed on all the victims at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.
The 41 year old female victim was transported to the Baylor Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple in serious condition.
The names of the victims have been withheld pending notification of their next of kin.
This incident continues to be investigated and information will be released as it becomes available.
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