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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Authorities discovered a body inside a townhouse that caught fire and burned during a standoff with police in Louisville's Phoenix Hill neighborhood.
Firefighters and arson investigators worked late into the night Wednesday - digging through the charred remains inside the townhouse where the body was discovered.
Just hours earlier, the charred apartment complex along Campbell Street had been part of a chaotic scene filled with SWAT team members and a barricaded subject. The scenario forced police to block off several streets and disrupted the lives of thousands of residents and school children.
At last check late Tuesday night, the person found had not been identified.
LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell said officers from the VIPER unit were there early Wednesday attempting to serve several warrants on a man suspected in at least one shooting.
While trying to serve the warrant, the officers were shot at and then retreated, calling in the SWAT team, Mitchell said. None of the officers was injured.
"There were numerous violent warrants for drug possession and also for some shootings that this individual may have been involved in," said LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell.
LMPD blocked off an area from Broadway to Liberty and from Clay to Wenzel. Hours later, thick clouds of black smoke and flames could be seen coming from the suspect's townhouse.
"They were just running around guns everywhere," said Patricia Rogers, who lives nearby.
Another resident, Akaila Kyle, said she lives within one block of where the shots were fired at officers.
"It's been hectic. Everybody is running in and out. There's been a lot of confusion," she said.
"It's kinda crazy," said Tim Webb, who works nearby. "Right at lunch time, we were just having lunch as usual and all of a sudden the police showed up, the yellow tape came out, and I didn't know what was going on."
High school, middle school, and elementary students whose bus stop was in that area were brought to Meyzeek Middle School, 828 S. Jackson Street.
Early Childhood bus riders who are usually dropped off in the area blocked off by LMPD were taken to Dawson Orman Education Center, 900 S. Floyd Street.
The Lincoln Performing Arts School canceled all evening activities.