Two killed in apparent murder-suicide in Carson

L.A. County sheriff's deputies surround Carson home where armed person remains barricaded

Two people were killed Sunday in an apparent murder-suicide in a Carson home, ending an hours-long standoff involving the Los Angeles County sheriff’s SWAT team, officials said.

Sheriff’s Lt. Dave Coleman told KABC-TV that an elderly man fatally shot his wife and then himself. The couple had been married 55 years.

The incident began about 6:35 a.m. when sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 500 block of East Moorehaven Drive to check on a report of suspicious activity, according to a sheriff's statement.

As deputies were patrolling the neighborhood they heard a gunshot from inside a home, the statement said.

The sheriff's special weapons team was summoned to the scene and area homes were evacuated as a precaution, officials said.

Authorities stormed the house late Sunday afternoon and discovered the bodies of the two adults.

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5:29 p.m. This post has been updated with new information