2 Dead In Police Standoff: Gunman Kills Man, Self After Domestic Violence Call

By Jason Van Hoven on March 8, 2013 2:10 PM EST

A police standoff resulted in two dead in Los Angeles on Friday during which a gunman killed a man, opened fire on police and barricaded himself inside of his Watts home before shooting and killing himself, according to reports.  

The resulting two dead in the police standoff started with a domestic violence call around 3 a.m. The reported shot was heard around 3 a.m. in the area of Imperial Highway and Croesus Avenue, near Grape and 115th streets. When the Los Angeles Police Department arrived at the scene, they found a man shot to death inside a truck parked outside of the Watts home. Then, the gunman approached officers and started firing at them before he barricaded himself inside the house on the 11500 block of Grape Street.

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Officers said the gunman continued to fire shots at them from inside the home. At one point, two children, ages 8 and 3, ran out of the house and told police that their parents were dead. When SWAT officers entered at around 5 a.m. as the Los Angeles Times notes, they found the gunman dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A woman, who is believed to be the gunman's wife, was also shot and had initially thought to have been killed; however, she was transported to a hospital in "grave condition."

A one-year-old child was also found unharmed, according to KABC-TV. The other two children are expected to be OK.

Police took away all three children.

"They'll be in our custody until we identify relatives," said Deputy Chief Robert Green.

No officers were hurt.

The incident remains under investigation.

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