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Armed standoff in Watts leaves 2 dead, 1 critically wounded

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A man opened fire on police officers in Watts early Friday morning before barricading himself in his house, shooting his wife and killing himself, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Another man was found shot dead in a truck outside the home at Grape and 115th streets.

When police officers responded to a call of shots fired just before 3 a.m., they found the victim in the truck. A man standing outside the house began shooting at the officers, who returned fire, said police spokesman officer Bruce Borihanh.

The man, who has not been identified, retreated inside the home. Around 5 a.m., a SWAT team entered and found the man’s wife critically injured. The man was dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said.

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Three children, ages 1, 3 and 8, were in the home during the incident and were in police custody until family members could be located, Borihanh said.

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