4 dead after police standoff at Aurora townhome

POSTED: 11:47 AM MST Jan 05, 2013    UPDATED: 12:54 PM MST Jan 05, 2013 

Authorities said four people are dead, including the suspect, after an hours-long police standoff at a Colorado townhome.

Police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson said a SWAT team was called after gunshots were heard at the Aurora, Colo., home at about 3 a.m. Saturday. Investigators say three victims appeared to have been killed before officers arrived.

Carlson said the suspect was shot and killed when he exchanged fire with officers at about 9 a.m.

A fifth person escaped uninjured, but Carlson declined to elaborate.

Violence put Aurora in the national spotlight nearly six months ago after a gunman's bloody rampage inside a Colorado movie theater left 12 people dead. Prosecutors will go to court Monday to outline their case against the suspect, James Holmes.