AURORA, Colorado, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- An early Saturday morning shootout with police left four dead in the same Denver suburb where six months ago a gunman killed 12 and wounded 58 at the midnight showing of a Batman movie.
This time a police sharpshooter dropped the suspect through a second-story bedroom window at 9 a.m. (1800 GMT), six hours into a violent standoff and after two other men and a woman were killed inside the home, according to Aurora police spokeswoman Cassidee Carlson.
Shooting inside the townhouse was heard at 3 a.m. Saturday ( 1200 GMT), according to police, who used a bullhorn to negotiate with the shooter for 5 hours before sending a team toward the house. That team was repelled by gunfire from the house.
An hour later the shooter was seen through an upstairs window and was shot dead by a police sniper, police reported. No police were killed or wounded in the shootout.
Police say they have no motive yet for the shootings, but believe the people in the house were related, according to Carlson.
Police have not released the names of the victims pending notification of family. The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave during a routine investigation.
The shooting occurred just 48 hours before movie shooter suspect James Holmes is to appear in nearby Arapahoe County District Court for his long-anticipated Preliminary Hearing, where he is expected to enter a "Guilty by Insanity" plea. The all-week hearing convenes on Monday at 8:30 a.m. (1630 GMT)
The Colorado movie theater killings had ranked as deadliest mass shooting in the United States last year until a Dec. 14 massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman shot dead 20 school children, six adults and his mother before taking his own life.
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