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Amarillo police investigating overnight incident that lead to death


Early Friday morning, Amarillo police officers were sent to the 1000 block of S. Carolina on a 911 hangup.

When they arrived, they were advised by the female victim that she had been assaulted by her husband. Also living in the home, were 2 children under the age of 5. 

The female came out to officers and had one of her children with her, and the other child was asleep inside. She told officers her husband had a gun and was now threatening suicide. 

Officers tried to talk to the man when he came to the door, but he went back inside and refused to answer their requests to talk or come out. At this time, the APD Critical Incident Response Team(CIRT) was activated and responded to the scene.

Police negotiators tried to talk to the male, but were unable to establish contact.  Knowing the other child was inside, it was determined entry needed to be made to check the welfare of that child.

Once inside, the officers found the child, who was ok and later reunited with his mother. The male subject was located in a bedroom, deceased. 

The APD Special Crimes unit investigates all deaths in Amarillo, not attended by a physician, and they responded to the incident. The JP was notified and an autopsy was ordered.  An autopsy will be performed on Monday in Lubbock. 

This investigation is ongoing. 

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