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Gunman and Three Others Killed Today After Standoff in Aurora, Colo.

January 5, 2013

©2013 By RAVI SOMAIYA, The New York Times

City-of-Aurora-logoFour people, including a gunman who was suspected of taking hostages inside a house in Aurora, Colo, died Saturday after astandoff with the police, the authorities said.

The episode began about 3 a.m. when shots were heard on East Ithaca Place, about 16 miles southeast of downtown Denver, said Sgt. Cassidee Carlson, a spokeswoman for the Aurora Police Department.
The police were unable to force the gunman out of the house using gas, Sgt. Carlson said, and about an hour later, officers shot him to death after he appeared in a second-floor window, she said.

Inside, the police said they also found the bodies of a woman and two other men. Sgt. Carlson did not identify the victims or the gunman, and said investigators did not know what set off the episode.

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