Details are slowly emerging about a Deerfield Park hostage situation in which a man killed another person in an R.V. park, then took his own family hostage and killed himself and his 9-year-old son.
Someone reported a shooting to police at 6:20 p.m. Thursday, and by the time deputies arrived, a man was lying on the ground not moving. Inside a nearby R.V., the suspect "said he was holding a woman hostage and that he would kill her if they approached," according to
a news release.
After failing to convince the man to let the woman go, police sent SWAT paramedics to retrieve the shooting victim. He was dead.
An hour after the standoff started, a woman left the R.V. and told police the man was barricaded inside with his wife and two sons. When SWAT teams from both Coral Springs and Broward Sheriff's Office broke into the R.V. about 1:30 a.m. -- more than seven hours later -- they found that the suspect was dead, had killed his 9-year-old son, and left his wife and 7-year-old son in critical condition.
Details in the 4 a.m. news release were still very vague; we'll check in with police later today for more.