DETROIT (AP/WOOD) — A 14-hour police standoff involving a gunman accused of killing three women and wounding three Detroit officers is over.
Police tell NBC Detroit affiliate WDIV they found 49-year-old Lance Smith dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a home Monday afternoon. The third female victim who police identified as his girlfriend was also dead inside the home.
Assistant Chief Arnold Williams said it all started around 10:30 p.m. Sunday when officers came under fire while responding reports of shots being fired at a home on Lamont Street. The call came after an argument involving at least one of the victims.
Officers said the man had killed two sisters before shooting an off-duty officer from the Detroit Public Schools Police Department in the thigh. He is expected to be OK.
Police say Smith then began shooting at responding officers from the Detroit Police Department, wounding two officers in the lower legs. Both officers are expected to survive.
One of the women who was killed was the off-duty officer’s wife, according to the DPSCD chief. The chief said the gunman was dating the niece of one of the victims.
WDIV is reporting Smith has a concealed pistol license and seven guns registered to him.
— WDIV in Detroit contributed to this report.