By Jueseppi B.
Latest update on Aurora, Colorado Shooting:
Four people were killed, including the gunman, during a hostage standoff this morning at a townhouse in Aurora, Colo., police said.
Police pumped tear gas into the home in an attempt to get the gunman to leave, and then went into the home and shot him, ABC News Denver affiliate KMGH-TV reported.
The three people found dead in the home are believed to be relatives of the shooter, Aurora Police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson told KMGH. A fourth person was found unharmed, she said.
Officers responded to the home after the first reports of gunshots came in around 3 a.m.
The suspected gunman was found dead inside the townhome at 9 a.m., but police were not sure when he had been shot by officers or killed himself, she said.
“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,” Carlson said. “This is a big investigation, and a lot is entailed.”
Carlson said neighboring residences were evacuated while the SWAT team attempted to resolve the standoff.
“We’ve evacuated several residences in the neighboring townhomes and in the immediate area where we believed would be the most dangerous,” Carlson told KMGH-TV earlier today.
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From earlier today before reports were updated:
As many as 40 officers, including SWAT teams and hostage negotiators, are on scene at the home in Aurora, Colo.
More than 40 officers surrounded the house in surburban Denver, police said.
An “armed and dangerous” man was holed up inside a suburban Denver home on Saturday, possibly with as many as three hostages, police said.
Officers were called to the townhome in Aurora, Colo. around 3 a.m. after reports of shots fired, Sgt. Cassidee Carlson told the Daily News. An “armed and dangerous” man was inside the home and has refused to surrender to police, she said.
As many as 40 officers, including SWAT teams and hostage negotiators, were still on scene more than six hours after the standoff began.
It was unclear if anyone inside the home was wounded or what prompted the incident.
Police believe there are a total of three or four adults inside the home, including the suspect, Carlson said. “They haven’t come out of their own free will,” she said, explaining that police believe they are being kept hostage.
Police have spoken briefly on the phone with the suspect, she said.
“We are just trying to do things as safely as possible at this point,” she said.
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AURORA, Colo. – A SWAT team and other officers are working at a townhouse in Aurora after reports of shots being fired.
According to Aurora Police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson, the report of the gunshots came in around 3 a.m. Officers were sent to the 16000 block of E. Ithaca Place where they determined someone was barricaded inside one of the townhomes.
Carlson said there was a possibility of other adults being inside the home, but said it was unclear how many or if any of them are injured.
“We have strong reason to believe that he is armed,” Calson said.
7NEWS Photojournalist Eric Goody reported that he has heard several loud bangs as the SWAT team has deployed tear gas into the apartment.
“We’ve evacuated several residences in the neighboring townhomes and in the immediate area where we believed would be the most dangerous.”
Some of the evacuees were wrapped in blankets as they were taken to the fire station at the intersection of East Hampden Ave. and East Hampden Cir.
Because the suspect is believed to be dangerous, Carlson said the SWAT team is using the “utmost caution.” Additionally, neighbors were alerted to the situation through a reverse-911 call and several of the nearby homes have been evacuated for safety.
Hampden Road is shut down in both directions from Kalispell St. to Laredo St.
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