Cause of death revealed in SWAT standoff - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Cause of death revealed in SWAT standoff

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Investigators have uncovered a crucial clue in a death and fire that started during a swat standoff on Wednesday.

The coroner tells WDRB News that a man inside the house died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  But they won't say whether that person is the violent criminal the swat team was after.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the scene was still swarming with activity.  "They've lost everything," says Mary Stevenson, whose granddaughter lost her home.

 Stevenson is helping her granddaughter salvage what she can from her burned out townhouse.

Stevenson says, "She's trying to save what she can of her clothes, but all of her son's clothes and things are destroyed; we could not save anything."

The home is next door to the Campbell Street townhouse that caught on fire during the swat standoff on Wednesday.

"She was here and they knocked on the door and woke her up and told her she had to get out," says Stevenson.

Police went to the home looking for a man they considered to be a violent criminal.

"There were numerous violent warrants.  Some were some outstanding warrants for drug possession and also for some shootings that this individual was involved in," says Dwight Mitchell, LMPD spokesperson.

Once inside the home, police say the suspect shot at officers, that's when swat was brought in.  A short time later the building went up in flames.

"We're developing a lot of different theories as to what could have happened," says Major Henry Ott, with Louisville Fire & Arson Unit.

Fire investigators returned to the scene Thursday morning hoping to learn how the fire started.

Major Ott says, "We're looking at everything from possible damage by the suspect to a fire set by the suspect to other possible ignitions."

Fire investigators do know where the fire started, though.

Major Ott says, "The fire definitely originated inside the building and it originated on the second floor."

Despite knowing how the man inside the home died, neighbors are still pretty upset.  Especially now that they don't have a place to live.

"Seem to me it could have been a better way," says Stevenson. "So now she's thinking I'm back to step one...what do I do now?"

Fire investigators say it will be at least a few weeks before they know how the fire started.

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