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

Authorities: Suspects opened fire on police

UPPER SAUCON TWP., Pa. - A standoff with a man and woman who allegedly opened fire on police late Saturday morning came to an end Saturday night 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.

Police said a man and woman barricaded themselves into a home in the 5000 block of Limeport Pike early Saturday afternoon after allegedly opening fire on police.

The incident 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.

69 News obtained a recording of police scanner radio reports that shed more light on what happened.

Police tried to pull over a man and a woman in a car, according to a recording of the police radio broadcast.

The man and the woman got out of their car then allegedly open fire at police.

"He's not stopping; I'm terminating the pursuit," an officer is heard saying over the scanner. "Male has a handgun shots were fired."

An officer goes on to say, "He's running. Give me the K-9 units. We've got a female and male running through corn field."

According to crews at the scene, the suspects ran from house to house.

Originally police believed the man and woman were hiding in a particular home off Limeport Pike, but after searching it, and finding no one inside, they started searching another home, according to crews at the scene.

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.

The incident finally came to an end shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday.


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