Aurora standoff ends, suspect found dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound, police say

AURORA, Colo. - Aurora Police tell 7NEWS an hours-long standoff on East Euclid Circle ended when the suspect took his own life on Wednesday afternoon.

The man, who is not being identified, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police. The man's body was found by a robot sent into the home after police lost contact with the man.

Police said the man's adult son went to police around 5 a.m. and said his father was distraught and had fired shots. SWAT officers, police officers, deputies and firefighters responded to the home near Arapahoe Road and E-470.

Authorities were in contact with the suspect during the morning hours, but he stopped communicating with police around 10:45 a.m.

The man's body was found around 1 p.m.

Deputies evacuated two nearby homes. In one home, officers evacuated two young people by using a Douglas County Sheriff's Office armored vehicle.

"My son texted me about 6:30 this morning and said police came to the door and said that they needed to stay inside and they would be coming through the backyard with rifles," said mother Michelle Lancaster.

The young people, ages 17 and 21, were brought to their parents.

"It's just one of those things that you never expect to happen to you," said Nate Lancaster after authorities got him out.

Lancaster said he and his younger sister were told to wait in the basement for their safety until officers arrived with the armored vehicle.

Officials also told 7NEWS they have been called to the standoff home in the past for disturbances and welfare checks.

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