A motive or causes of death for the deceased have not been released

By Adam Carlson
Updated August 09, 2015 01:05 PM
Credit: AP Video

A 49-year-old man is in custody after a standoff with sheriff’s deputies at a Houston-area home Saturday night, and the discovery of eight dead bodies (three adults, five children) in the residence, officials told the Associated Press.

The suspect’s identity, a possible motive, causes of death and the ages and genders of the deceased have not been released. The sheriff’s office will hold a 3 p.m. news conference Sunday to release more information, according to KHOU.

Harris County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the residence at about 9 p.m. local time for a welfare check, spokesman Thomas Gilliland said at a press conference. The deputies were unable to make contact with anyone in the home, and soon learned that inside was a man wanted on a warrant of aggravated assault against a family member.

While surrounding the home, deputies observed through a window the body of a young juvenile, Gilliland said. A sergeant and three deputies then entered the home and, at that point, the 49-year-old suspect allegedly began firing a weapon, Gilliland said.

The officers retreated until the arrival of the High Risk Operations Unit and hostage negotiators, who talked the man into surrendering, Gilliland said.

In a subsequent search of the home, officers discovered the bodies.

“I cannot believe it,” one neighbor told KHOU. “I am in horrific shock.”

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