Man dead after 3-hour standoff with law enforcement

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HARRISON COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV)-- According to Bridgeport Police Chief, John Walker, law enforcement responded to a domestic dispute on Cherry St. Saturday.

Chief Walker said a woman had a domestic violence petition against her husband and he forced his way into the house. Police say he allegedly assaulted her and had a 9 millimeter, loaded handgun.

The woman was able to leave the house and she later heard a gun shot around 4:00 p.m. The standoff started at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Responding officers tried to communicate with him while outside of the house, but they weren't successful.

Chief Walker says when police did get inside of the house they found the suspect on the floor with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police say he is deceased.

During the standoff, police had the surrounding areas blocked off and didn't allow people to drive through. Police also say some neighboring houses were evacuated.

The Bridgeport Police Department, Bridgeport SRT, Harrison County Sheriff's Department and Bridgeport Fire and Rescue were on scene.

It's reported that the victim is safe and the standoff is over.