- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

KATY, Texas (AP) - A 54-year-old woman is dead after a welfare check at her home near Houston led to a four-hour armed standoff ended with sheriff’s deputies shooting her dead.

The incident happened in a residential neighborhood in Katy. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrived at the woman’s home about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. They found her with a handgun in her hand and behaving in a “belligerent” and threatening manner.

The deputies withdrew and called in the tactical squad. After four hours of negotiation, squad members approached the house and broke a window to use gas to drive her into the open. Instead, the woman came to the window and pointed a gun at the deputies, who opened fire on her.

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