Houston Officials Recover Eight Bodies After Standoff With Killer

After a standoff Saturday night at a house in Houston, Texas, law enforcement officials recovered the bodies of five children and three adults, according to local news reports. 

The Houston Chronicle reported that the alleged killer, an unidentified 49-year-old man, surrendered after the bodies were discovered at 9 p.m. at the home in Harris County.

A deputy sheriff told reporters the relationship between the alleged killer and the victims hasn’t been determined. Officials found the suspect already was under warrant for aggravated assault of a family member. 

After receiving a phone call, members of the High Risk Operation Unit arrived at the scene and surrounded the property. According to the Houston Chronicle, police spotted the body of one child through a window and then attempted to enter the house. The man then begin firing at police. 

Members of the unit—including hostage negotiators—were called to the scene. Authorities told CNN that the suspect surrendered after an hour of negotiations. After his arrest, officials entered the home and discovered the eight bodies. 

The identites of the victims, including their genders and ages, have not been disclosed.