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Five children, three adults dead after Houston home shooting

4 years 7 months 4 weeks ago Sunday, August 09 2015 Aug 9, 2015 August 09, 2015 10:57 AM August 09, 2015 in News
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON - Texas authorities say five children and three adults have been found dead inside a Houston-area home and a 49-year-old man who exchanged gunfire with police is in custody.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Sunday morning that the eight people were found dead after a welfare check was conducted at the home. The man was taken into custody after members of the Harris County Sheriff's Office High Risk Operations Unit and Hostage Negotiation Team negotiated his surrender.

Harris County Sheriff spokesman Thomas Gilliland says that deputies were called to the home about 9 p.m. Saturday. He says deputies subsequently received information indicating that a man inside the home was wanted on an aggravated assault warrant.

Gilliland says while waiting for a High Risk Operations Unit, deputies spotted the body of a juvenile through a window. Four deputies forced themselves inside, prompting the suspect to begin shooting. Deputies pulled back, and the man surrendered about an hour later.

Officials say more information will be given at a news conference set for 3 p.m.

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