DEL CITY — A man is dead, but his two young children and their mother are safe following a standoff with authorities Wednesday.
Del City police officers, including heavily armed members of a special weapons and tactics team, responded about 7:30 a.m. to reports a man had taken his 6-year-old daughter hostage at 1920 Karen Drive. About three hours later, the child walked out of the house and lawmen found the man dead inside of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Authorities evacuated neighbors living roughly a block around the home during the ordeal.
Police Capt. Jody Suit said the man broke into his ex-girlfriend's home overnight, taking her and their two children hostage.
In the morning, the woman called 911 and ran out the door with their 2-year-old daughter, but the man and the 6-year-old remained inside.
“They had just recently separated before this,” Suit said.
Police did not identify the man, but Wanda Frazier told reporters on the scene her son, Shalwan Leshore, 29, was in the house with his 6-year-old daughter.
“He is not going to hurt his kids,” Frazier said, moments before she learned of her son's death.
The man may have been dead by the time most of the officers arrived, Suit said, because the first officer who responded heard a gunshot.
Frazier and others erupted with emotion when they learned Leshore was dead.
Earlier, members of the SWAT team broke a front window to the home and threw a communication device inside to talk with Leshore.
They didn't hear anything, except the child moving around inside the house.
The 6-year-old girl was handed to her mother and checked out by medical personnel after she exited the home.
Suit said she didn't appear to have any injuries.
It's possible she was asleep during part of the ordeal.
Frazier said her son had been involved with the mother of his children for about 10 years.
“I guess she put him out and he can't accept that,” Frazier said. “I guess he love her. Love do strange things to people.”
Leshore has a record that includes gun and drug charges. He pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana in 2006 and to possession of a loaded weapon in a motor vehicle in 2003.
Authorities filed charges for possession of a weapon while intoxicated in 2011; the case was pending.
He was living in a Del City apartment as recently as 2011, according to court records. Residents in the area said it is a quiet street that rarely attracts police.
Florence Gentry, who lives next door, said she was ordered by officers to get back inside her house when she took the trash out Wednesday morning. Authorities told her to leave her home with her two children about 7:30 a.m. She returned about 11:30 a.m.
Gentry called the incident “shocking.” She said it's a quiet, safe street and she still feels secure in the neighborhood.
“I've never had problems here,” she said.