Authorities were called to the house in Orcutt, an unincorporated area in Santa Barbara County<br>
The police found the three bodies in a house in a gated community in Southern California on Friday evening, after the exchange of gunfire with a suspect who had barricaded himself inside the residence, according to reports.
The suspect was shot by police and later died in a hospital, FOX affiliate KKFX-CD of San Luis Obispo reported.
Authorities were called to the house in Orcutt, an unincorporated area in Santa Barbara County, approximately 155 km northwest of Los Angeles, after an unknown woman entered the house, discovered a blood-soaked body in a bath, then ran out and called 911, the report said.
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The police responding on the scene had determined that the person in the house was armed with a gun and that other people in the house can hurt, a Santa Barbara station, KSBY-TV reported.
“It was a situation where they needed to go in and rescue the people inside the house,” Kelly Hoover, a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, told Santa Barbara Noozhawk.com.
Upon entering the home, deputies “were in a position where they had to shoot at the subject in order to subdue him,” she said.
It was not immediately clear how the three victims found in the house had died.
“This is certainly a very tragic situation here,” Hoover said.
A previous shelter in place order has been lifted for the residents in Orcutt’s Oak Hill Estates in the vicinity of the crime scene, Santa Barbara’s KEYT-TV reported.
This is a development of the story. Come back regularly for updates.