LAKELAND -- Two Lakeland police officers and two SWAT members shot and killed man after lengthy standoff that started Monday evening.
No officers were injured.
Police received a call just before 6 p.m. about a suicidal man inside of a home in the 2800 block of Katherine Avenue, near Granada Street. When officers arrived, they spotted the man armed with a rifle.
The man initially barricaded himself in the home and refused to come out, police said. The neighborhood was locked down and negotiators were brought in to coax the man out of the home peacefully.
After a standoff that lasted more than five hours, the man exited the home with a weapon, according to police. He was shot by officers and SWAT team members. The suspect was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:45 p.m.
"They (officers) challenged him, gave him verbal commands see his hands," said LPD Assistant Chief Mike Link. "At that point in time, they couldn’t see his hands. Then suddenly he produced a handgun in his hands and pointed it at the officers."
When officers searched the home, the body of a woman was found inside. It is not clear how she died. Police have not released any identities as of yet.
"He wanted to die by the police killing him," said LPD Sgt. Gary Gross. "He wanted us to take his life."
Authorities said they are familair with the address as they have responded to Baker Act calls at the home before.
An investigation is ongoing.