4 Dead As Hostage Standoff Ends At California

  A standoff at a veterans home in Yountville, California, ended with the deaths of three female employees and the gunman who took them hostage.

  The unidentified gunman, a military veteran armed with a high-powered rifle, stormed the Veterans Home of California-Yountville in Napa County midmorning Friday during a farewell party for an employee. He exchanged gunfire with a Napa County Sheriff’s deputy, then took three hostages into a room, where he stayed throughout the day and others in the building fled.

 Hostage negotiators could not contact the gunman as law enforcement officer and a SWAT team circled the veterans home.

 The officers finally entered the building about 6 p.m. local time and found the four bodies, Chris Childs, assistant captain of the California Highway Patrol.

Childs thanked the deputy who  prevented the gunman from “going out and finding other victims.” The deputy was not injured.

 The gunman’s car was found nearby and a police dog also indicated there may have been an explosive inside. But a cell phone was found.

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