Man, 2 children found dead after 24-hour standoff
Springfield, Mo. — Officers found a man and his two young children dead in an apartment in southwestern Missouri after a standoff that had lasted nearly 24 hours, police said.
William R. Williams, appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Springfield Police Department said in a statement late Monday.
The bodies of Williams' 4-year-old son Brodie and 2-year-old daughter Marley were also found in the Springfield apartment although the police statement did not describe the circumstances of their deaths and police spokeswoman Lisa Cox could provide no further information.
No one else was inside the home.
The standoff began when police responded around 9:30 p.m. Sunday to a "check person" call at the apartment on the southwest side of town, according to the statement. Officers encountered an armed man and set up a perimeter.
Negotiations with the man continued throughout the day.
Police Lt. Eric Reece said at a news conference that the bomb squad deployed robots to ensure safety before officers stormed the apartment.
"Some of the noises and bangs you heard was us entering the apartment," Reece said.
Officers found all three dead, Reece said, adding that officials were processing evidence from the scene overnight.