5 shot dead in Florida hostage situation

June 12, 2018 10:41 PM

Miami, June 12 (IANS) An armed suspect who barricaded himself inside an apartment in the US state of Florida along with four child hostages shot and killed all of them and then shot himself, police said.

Gary Lindsey Jr., 35, was found dead on Monday night along with children aged 1, 6, 10 and 11. Two were his and the other two were his girlfriend's, reports ABC News.

The police found the five bodies upon entering the apartment at around 9 p.m., City of Orlando Police Chief John Mina said.

Officers had been communicating with Lindsey, trying to reach a peaceful solution, but Lindsey had a poor phone connection, Mina explained. 

When officers tried to get Lindsey another phone to continue negotiations, they saw at least one child had been shot and decided to enter the apartment.

The standoff began on Sunday night, shortly after Lindsey's girlfriend contacted the police to report that he had battered her.

Lindsey previously had been arrested on domestic violence and arson charges and was on felony probation.

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