Deputies responded to a call from the woman's husband on
Wednesday afternoon, who said a cousin was inside their house in
Highland, California, and threatening to shoot her and her
children, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in
Officers found the suspect barricaded in the home armed with a
shotgun, and attempted to negotiate with him as he threatened
the three hostages and deputies, police said.
At some point during the standoff, police fatally shot the man.
Further details on the shooting were not provided by the
Officers entered the back of the home and found the woman
hostage suffering from what appeared to be a shotgun wound. She
was pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said.
The two children were uninjured and were later reunited with
their father, police said.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is investigating
Highland is a city of some 53,000 about 66 miles (106 km) east
of Los Angeles.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Larry
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