Detroit standoff ends; gunman, 3 women dead, officers hurt

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A 14-hour standoff in Detroit has ended after the deaths of three women and the suspected gunman and injuries to three officers who came under fire at the scene. (KABC)

A 14-hour standoff in Detroit has ended after the deaths of three women and the suspected gunman and injuries to three officers who came under fire at the scene, police said Monday.

Officers used a robot Monday to enter a home on the city's east side and confirm the gunman and a third female victim were dead, Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said.

The gunman, Lance Smith, 49, was found dead late Monday morning, Detroit Deputy Police Chief Elvin Barren said. Smith died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and had killed his girlfriend, who also was found inside the house, police said.

Authorities believe Smith suffered from some type of mental illness - and had seven registered guns.

Police said the standoff began Sunday night after two women were fatally shot during an apparent argument. Detroit Assistant Chief Arnold Williams says officers came under fire at the scene late Sunday.

Three officers were wounded - two from the Detroit Police Department and an off-duty officer from the Detroit Public Schools Police Department. Police say the wounds to all three were not believed to be life-threatening.

Barren said the two female victims killed earlier were related to Smith's girlfriend, and had gone to the house for support during a domestic situation. They too became victims.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said about nine responding officers were pinned down by gunfire for about an hour.

"The suspect was heard saying, 'I will not be taken without a fight,'" Craig said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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