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4 dead after police standoff at Aurora townhome

Published On: Jan 05 2013 12:47:47 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 05 2013 01:54:25 PM CST

SWAT Team members surrounded a townhouse in Aurora Saturday morning after reports of shots fired.

Authorities said four people are dead, including the suspect, after an hours-long police standoff at a Colorado townhome.

Police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson said a SWAT team was called after gunshots were heard at the Aurora, Colo., home at about 3 a.m. Saturday. Investigators say three victims appeared to have been killed before officers arrived.

Carlson said the suspect was shot and killed when he exchanged fire with officers at about 9 a.m.

A fifth person escaped uninjured, but Carlson declined to elaborate.

Violence put Aurora in the national spotlight nearly six months ago after a gunman's bloody rampage inside a Colorado movie theater left 12 people dead. Prosecutors will go to court Monday to outline their case against the suspect, James Holmes.

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