Gunman kills self, 4 child hostages after Florida standoff

Orlando Police Chief John Mina arrives at an afternoon news conference during a hostage standoff Monday, June 11, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. Police said a man suspected of battering his girlfriend shot a police officer late Sunday and barricaded himself inside an apartment with several young children. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — After a standoff of more than 21 hours, officers entered an apartment where a felon with a gun had barricaded himself with four children and found them all dead, a police chief said.

The hostage situation began when the girlfriend of Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr. left the apartment and told police she had been battered. Lindsey then fired at responding officers, seriously wounding one of them.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said at a press conference just before midnight Monday that Lindsey, 35, was found dead in a closet when officers entered the apartment around 9 p.m.

Mina said officers tried to offer one of their phones to Lindsey, whose phone had spotty service, and saw that one of the children had been killed. Authorities went in hoping to rescue the others, but found all of them dead from gunshots.

“Our hearts go out to all the families involved,” Mina said.

The children with Lindsey ranged in age from 1 to 11. Two of them were Lindsey’s and two were the girlfriend’s, he said.

A police spokeswoman said Tuesday that the medical examiner, as part of an investigation, would determine when the children were killed.

The girlfriend had called police late Sunday to report she had been beaten and she managed to get out of the apartment.