Deputies: 6 killed, including 4 children, in domestic dispute in Texas


HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Deputy constables say six people, including four children, have been killed in a shooting during a domestic dispute near Houston, Texas. The alleged gunman finally surrendered Wednesday night after an hours-long standoff.

The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office said a man shot seven family members -- two adults and five children.

The two adults and three of the children were found dead upon arrival, according to deputies. One child was transported via LifeFlight to the hospital, where they died. A 15-year-old girl was also transported via LifeFlight and remains in critical condition at the hospital.

Deputies said the man, who had not been identified, is accused of shooting a 13-year-old boy, a 4-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl and a 7-year-old girl. They are all his children -- a mix of his biological and adopted children.

According to deputies, he also shot a 39-year-old relative and a 33-year-old relative who were watching them at the time. His estranged wife was not at the residence at the time.

The suspect then fled the scene.

When emergency crews arrived, deputies say the 15-year-old girl, who suffered a gunshot wound to the head, was able to tell them who the shooter was and that she believed he was headed to another residence at Anvil and Ella to possibly attack more family members.

Because of her warning, law enforcement officials intercepted the suspect and he took off. The suspect led deputies on a 30-minute chase for more than three miles until he drove into a cul-de-sac and was blocked in by deputies shortly before 7 p.m..

The suspect, holding a gun to his head, sat in his vehicle for hours surrounded by deputies with guns drawn and at least a dozen patrol cars.

A large SWAT vehicle rammed into the suspect's car, crushing the front bumper, and stopped on top of the hood of the car. A second SWAT truck pulled directly behind the suspect's car and rammed into the back of it, preventing the car from moving.

Shortly before 10 p.m., negotiators were able to get the suspect to surrender peacefully. No other details about the arrest were available.

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