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Upper Saucon standoff ends in murder-suicide

Upper Saucon standoff ends in...

UPPER SAUCON TWP., Pa. - A police pursuit over the weekend turned into a standoff, then ended with two deaths and one man out of his home.

It was a traumatic weekend for neighbors caught in the middle of a police chase.

Two armed individuals on the run invaded homes and tried to steal cars.

It all ended hours later after police were able to surround the couple but they didn't make it out alive.

The night ended but the pain in Upper Saucon Township will linger.

"Then when you have to close everything up and worry it's not what you're used to. Not what you want to be used to. It's not supposed to happen here," said neighbor, Michele VanDoren.

Neighbors were told to stay inside during the pursuit turned standoff Saturday that ended with two dead.

"One suspect shot the other and then killed himself," said Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin.

Emily Fatzinger and Eric Messick both had criminal records.

Police tried to arrest the couple over warrants in their name. But when pulled over on Limeport Pike in Upper Saucon Township, police say the two ran

They two also allegedly fired shots at police.

Authorities say 25-year-old Fatzinger and 33-year-old Messick went house to house seeking shelter and demanding car keys before they barricaded themselves in a stranger's home.

"Police officers approached the home there were three gun shots heard," said Martin.

With officers both on the ground and in the air, police didn't take any chances at the third and final home. They used tear gas and even sent in the Allentown bomb robot

"When it was safe to make entry the ETT team made entry discovered two deceased bodies in the attic," said Martin.

During the nine hour chase, officers from the different agencies never fired a shot.

"I'm glad that no policemen were hurt but it's just sad in the end that people thought that they were out there and there was nothing left for them to do" said VanDoren. 

The man who lives in that house doesn't know if he'll be able to go back because of the extent of the damage. He's currently staying at a hotel.




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