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DA: Upper Saucon standoff ends; suspects die in apparent murder-suicide

Authorities: Suspects opened fire on police

Standoff ends; Two people dead

UPPER SAUCON TWP., Pa. - A standoff with a man and woman who opened fire on police late Saturday morning came to an end Saturday night in Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County.

The district attorney says both suspects are dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

The district attorney did not release their names as of late Saturday night, but expects the coroner to release them later Sunday.

According to District Attorney Jim Martin, here’s what happened:

Upper Saucon Township police spotted the pair, wanted for parole violations, on Route 309 and tried to stop them on Lanark Road.

They didn’t stop, and instead turned into a nearby development. When they got stuck in construction, the pair fled officers on foot.

One of the suspects fired a shot at police with a handgun. The officer stopped chasing them as they ran through an open cornfield.

The two went to one home in the area and encountered one person, but left.

They went to another home where a woman was sitting on her porch with her dog. The suspects demanded car keys but the woman said she didn’t have any. The two went into her house while she and her dog ran to a nearby neighbor’s home.

Numerous crews responded to the scene, including the Lehigh County Emergency Response team. They believed the suspects were barricaded in the home and tried to contact them, but eventually determined they were not in that house.

Officers continued evacuating neighbors, and as they approached another nearby home they heard three gunshots inside the house.

When crews entered the home they found two people dead in the attic. There were shell casings and a gun nearby.

The incident, which started just before noon and ended around 10 p.m., forced authorities to put the surrounding area on lockdown.

"We got the helicopters flying around, we got cops everywhere," said Steven Miller, who is visiting family in the area. "With everything going on in the world today it's kind of scary if you think about it."

Residents were told via reverse 911 to stay inside and lock all their doors.

Officers from several agencies were armed with heavy artillery as state police also took to the air in a helicopter to help monitor the situation.

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