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Idaho police: 3 adults dead, 2 children safe after standoff

January 7, 2019

MERIDIAN, Idaho (AP) — Idaho police say a man shot and killed two adults and then held two children hostage during a standoff before killing himself Sunday afternoon.

The children were released without physical injury after police negotiations. A third child had earlier escaped the home and ran to get help.

Meridian Police Department Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea says the suspect went to the home in Meridian about 3 p.m. on Sunday and after a fight started shot and killed a 47-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman.

A 13-year-old girl was able to escape the home and ran to a neighbor’s house to call for help. Police say two other children — an 11-year-old and a 10-year-old — were still inside the home, and they were held hostage by the 39-year-old suspect, but were eventually released after police negotiations.

After the children were released, the suspect killed himself.

The shooting remains under investigation. Police say the shooter was known to the victims but their relationship wasn’t immediately clear.

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