2 dead in hours-long standoff in Harlingen

HARLINGEN — A standoff that started Tuesday night and went on for hours ended Wednesday morning with two people dead.

Police were first notified by a phone call that shots were fired.

The shooting happened in the 600 block of North B Street. Police arrived at the scene at around 10:15 p.m. and found a man in the front yard suffering from a gunshot wound.

He was taken to a hospital.

Police said the gunman barricaded himself inside the house for several hours.

Officers say they were able to get some people out of the house safely after securing the perimeter.

Hostage negotiators arrived on the scene and attempted to make contact with the suspect. After numerous attempts had been made, the Harlingen police SWAT team made entry into the residence at around 5 a.m. and located the suspect and another victim, both deceased.

They were a man and a woman, police said.

The names and ages of the individuals involved were not released by police.

As of Wednesday, the investigation is still active.