Sheriff: 5 dead, including gunman, following standoff in Washington state

BELFAIR, Wash. (AP) – Officials say a gunman killed four people in a home in rural Washington state before fatally shooting himself after an hours-long standoff.

Mason County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling says the gunman had called 911 on Friday to say he shot and killed his family. A girl who survived has been taken to the hospital.

Officials say officers negotiated with the man for about three hours before they entered the home and found the people dead.

Spurling says the gunman shot and killed himself.

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