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Florida gunman kills 4 children in the hostage stand-off before the gun on himself, police say

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Florida cop shot, suspect holding children hostage

The police in Orlando, a report of an officer was shot and killed after a man opened fire and took four children hostage in an apartment complex.

A Florida man suspected of the shooting of a police officer killed four young children he held hostage in an apartment complex before committing suicide on Monday night — a tragic end to a nearly 24-hour-long standoff, police said.

Defendant Gary Lindsey killed the four children, who range in age from one to 11, two of them were Lindsey’s in the second part of his girlfriend for taking his own life at around 9 hours, according to police.

Gary Lindsey, 35, allegedly killed four young children he held hostage before committing suicide on Monday evening after a confrontation with the authorities.

(Volusia County Branch Jail)

Authorities entered the west of Orlando stay after to be aware of one of the children had been killed when officials tried to offer one of their phones, and Lindsey, Orlando police chief John Mina said at a press conference just before midnight.

Officers found the suspect dead in a closet, Mina said. The children died of an “apparent gunshot wounds,” according to FOX 35 Orlando.

An Orange County Sheriff’s Motorcycle deputy,center, provides support to the Orlando Police Motor officer,judge, in Orlando Regional Medical Center after an OPD officer was shot and seriously wounded at the answer the whole night to a domestic dispute call.

(Red Huber /Orlando Sentinel via AP)

The authorities were responding to a domestic violence call at a west Orlando apartment complex when Lindsey fired on them around midnight on Sunday, police said. Officer Kevin Valencia was shot and suffered “very significant injuries” but was expected to survive, Mina said.

Lindsey, 35, was on probation and had a criminal past involving arson, battery, and theft, court records show.

A neighbor who lives in the apartment complex told the Orlando Sentinel she had woken up to the sounds of the four loud gunshots after falling asleep on the couch.

The police continue to work on the site of a hostage standoff where a police officer was shot.

(Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

“It just went, ‘Pop. Pop. Pop. Pop,'” Judy Pepper said.

Pepper said she looked out her window to see a number of people that the wearing of a police officer and perform first aid for him in a patrol car and speeding away.

Mina urged the residents to be patient as the authorities hoped that the deadlock ‘ to come to a peaceful solution.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.

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