AP: 4 Dead After Police Standoff at a Aurora Colorado Town home

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Aurora, CO (AP) - Authorities say four people are dead, including a suspect, after an hours-long police standoff at a Colorado town home.

Police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson says a SWAT team was called after gunshots were heard at the Aurora, Colo., home at about 3 a.m. local time Saturday. Investigators say three victims appeared to have been killed before officers arrived.

Carlson says the suspect was shot and killed when he exchanged fire with officers at about 9 a.m.

A fifth person escaped uninjured, but Carlson declined to elaborate.

Violence put Aurora in the national spotlight nearly six months ago after a gunman's bloody rampage inside a Colorado movie theater left 12 people dead.

Prosecutors will go to court Monday to outline their case against the suspect, James Holmes.