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UPDATE: Man found dead in Shively standoff

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WDRB's Emily Mieure says it appears police sent a robot into brick house on left during Shively standoff Friday evening. WDRB's Emily Mieure says it appears police sent a robot into brick house on left during Shively standoff Friday evening.
Police vehicles block Dixie Highway during a police standoff Friday afternoon. Police vehicles block Dixie Highway during a police standoff Friday afternoon.
48-year-old Gloria Ross was found shot to death behind her Shively home on Thursday evening. Family members of her husband, Jerry Ross, say he was involved in a standoff with police on Friday. 48-year-old Gloria Ross was found shot to death behind her Shively home on Thursday evening. Family members of her husband, Jerry Ross, say he was involved in a standoff with police on Friday.

SHIVELY, Ky.  (WDRB) -- The 11-hour police standoff in Shively ended with the suspect found dead inside a home.

Shively and Louisville Metro police, bomb squads, and SWAT Teams were all outside the home  on Dixie Highway near Ralph Ave.

Police say the man inside the home was armed, and refused to surrender.

After negotiations failed, police say the SWAT team went inside and found a man dead.

Police did confirm they were searching for a man involved in a homicide on Thursday night. The man they were searching for, Jerry Ross, is the husband of the homicide victim.

Ross's family members thought it was him inside, but officials would not confirm the identity of the deceased.

"I ain't never in my life seen that many guns and I was scared to death and couldn't sleep, no because it was right next door to me," said Lucille Wright.

Wright watched the standoff unfold from her home, just a few feet away.

"I was scared to death, right next door, every which way you looked, they was on the porch, had guns," said Wright.

Police say Thursday night, Gloria Ross' body was found in her backyard on Fernheather Drive and her husband Jerry was missing.

Less than 24 hours later, Shively police were alerted that Jerry Ross was inside a home on Dixie Highway, about a mile from the homicide scene, armed with weapons.

"We decided to stage a tactical area around the house so as to not put officers or the suspect in any kind of jeopardy," said Sgt. Josh Myers, Shively Police.

During the standoff, family members told WDRB the man inside was in fact Jerry Ross.

They were shocked at the whole situation because they had just seen Gloria and Jerry together on Mother's Day and everything seemed to be fine.

"This is nothing like him, never happened, nothing like him, not making any sense," Wendy Banks, Jerry Ross' sister told WDRB News during the standoff.

After a few hours into the standoff, neighbors went from curious to weary, just wanting it to be over.

"I didn't think it was ever going to end. I just kept praying, Lord, let the man come on out, just let him come out," said Wright.

"The reason for the long and drawn out process was for everyone's safety, hoping to bring it to a peaceful resolution," said Sgt. Myers.

It didn't end that way. The man was found dead inside this home after hours of police negotiations.

"I watched it all night until four Saturday morning, watched them shoot the tear gas in there, watched them send the robot in. From now on, the doors must stay locked," Wright told WDRB.

Police say they are waiting on the coroner to release the name of the person inside of the home and the cause of death.

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