UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – A police standoff ends in what is described as a murder-suicide by authorities. A man and a woman wanted for parole violations barricaded themselves inside a Pennsylvania home after firing shots at police. Saturday night they apparently died by their own actions.
The couple was being sought after reportedly firing at police just before noon on Saturday, reported ABC News. After the shooting, the suspects fled and then barricaded themselves inside the attic of a home in Upper Saucon Township, according to authorities.
Police approached the home where the pair was hiding. In doing so, they heard three gunshots. The rounds were not directed at officers, according to Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin.
Tactically the department deployed a robot to investigate the area prior to finding the pair dead, Martin said.
While fleeing police, the man and woman approached at least two occupied homes, according to a report in local newspaper The Morning Call.
Edward Petro, a resident of the neighborhood where the couple fled, told the paper that he was sitting in his living room and flipping through TV channels when he saw strange shadows moving across the wall.
“I’m waiting for them to ring the doorbell but the doorbell doesn’t ring,” Petro told the paper. “The guy comes in with a gun in his hand — not in his waistband, in his hand. And I just stood in my tracks.”
Petro told the paper that the man asked for his car keys, which he said he did not have. The encounter lasted only a few minutes.
The house where the man and woman eventually died was a few blocks from Petro’s home, according to The Morning Call.
Authorities have not released the names of the deceased suspects, but police confirmed they were wanted for parole violations in addition to new charges resulting from the crimes committed Saturday.
(Photo: Upper Saucon Township Police Department Facebook)