A Texas boy who had been barricaded inside a Dallas home managed to escape before a deadly scene unfolded, police say.
Fox 4 reports that incident occurred off of Highcrest Drive home in the Red Bird neighborhood, after a 35-year-old woman and her husband got into a heated argument on Monday, a little after midnight.
The husband escaped the home and reportedly said his wife “grabbed a firearm and fired several shots” after an argument. Once the children’s father ran from the home, the unidentified woman barricaded herself inside with her children.
A SWAT team arrived at the scene at around 2 a.m. and during an hours-long standoff, a 12-year-old boy managed to escape from the home while his little sister and mother remained inside.
According to police, the SWAT team tried to negotiate with the woman after they walked inside the home, but she fired several shots at them, grazing one of the officers. The SWAT team did not fire back.
When officers tried to negotiate again, they heard gunshots inside the home. Authorities entered the residence and found the woman and little girl dead.
“After several hours of negotiation one of the individuals, the 12-year-old boy was able to get away from the location,” Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall said. “However, the 8-year-old girl was still inside.”
@ChiefHallDPD briefed the media on a murder-suicide in the 500 block of Highcrest Drive. A mother shot her daughter, then herself after an earlier argument with the husband. @DallasPD pic.twitter.com/uk9w0EJSpl
— RENEÉ HALL (@ChiefHallDPD) May 18, 2020
Neighbors said they didn’t see or hear anything to suspect anything was wrong. Hours earlier before the incident, they saw the children playing outside.
“We sat out and nothing really weird. Everything was nice,” Edith Jones, who was two houses away, said. “It’s sad. It is. It’s really sad.”
Dallas Morning News reports that Child Protective Services indicated there had been no child abuse reports or allegations about the family.
The names of the suspect and victims have not yet been released. The investigation is ongoing.
Hall added that violence during the coronavirus pandemic has become “absurd.”
“We are fighting a pandemic. We are trying to stay alive, but then we kill each other. It’s absurd. … And I want the community to be more outraged about that.”
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