Man found dead in home after nearly 5-hour standoff on Locust Avenue

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

May 14, 2012 at 12:14 a.m.

Police  on the 2400 block of Locust Avenue during the standoff.

Police on the 2400 block of Locust Avenue during the standoff.

A man was found dead in his home after a nearly five-hour standoff in the 2700 block of Locust Avenue on Monday.

The man's name has not been released, as next-of-kin are being notified and the investigation continues, said Victoria Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Eline Moya.

The man was found with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Moya said.

The standoff began about 11:21 a.m. as a welfare check. When police arrived, the man ran back into the house with a gun, Moya said.

Police learned the man may have been suicidal; however, it is too early to tell whether this was what lead to his death, Moya said.

Police officers and the SWAT team spent the five hours trying to negotiate with the man and eventually stormed into the house, where they found him dead.

The standoff forced some entrances into Locust Avenue to be blocked off, including Avon Drive, Janice Street, Ben Wilson Street, Poplar Avenue and Airline Road.

Schools in the area were not put on lockdown, but parents of students who live in that area were notified, said Victoria school district spokeswoman Diane Boyett.

Any bus routes through the area were rerouted and all students living in the area arrived safely home.



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