5-hour standoff ends in Aurora home after suspect commits suicide


SWAT investigates after man barricades himself inside of an Aurora home on April 10, 2013.

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AURORA, Colo. -- A 5-hour SWAT standoff between a gunman and police ended Wednesday after the suspect committed suicide in the same Aurora home he had been holed up in since just after 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

According to Aurora Police, the man's son walked into a police station and told officers his father was upset and fired shots inside their home with a handgun.

As the standoff entered its fifth hour around 10 a.m., police said the suspect remained "extremely upset." Communication with that suspect broke off around that time. His body was later discovered in the home at 22824 East Euclid Circle, according to police at a 1:30 p.m. press conference.

Officials did not provide information as to why the man barricaded himself at the afternoon press conference. There are reports that the man may be a former Navy officer, but that has not been confirmed. Police said they have done welfare checks at the address before.

Some streets were closed in the area while police negotiated with the man, including . Ponderosa Trail, which was blocked off from Winnipeg Court to Valdai Court.

The Arapahoe bomb squad was also called to the scene. SWAT vehicles were used to evacuate neighbors in the area, but all of those evacuations had been lifted as of 1:30 p.m.

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