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Hostage Situation in Irving Ends With One Dead [UPDATE]

A hostage situation in Irving has ended with one person dead.

At about 9 AM Monday morning, Irving Police and SWAT were called to a residence on the 300 block of San Marcos Drive in Las Colinas after neighbors reported hearing gunshots in the area. 68-year-old Dzung Cong Phan of Largo, Florida  was the estranged husband of one of the women inside the house. According to investigators, Phan had gone to the home in an effort to reconcile with her. He returned later with the intent to kill his ex-wife and her family. 

At around 11 AM, one of the hostages came out of a backyard shed. Just after noon, police confirmed that the other four hostages has been safely removed from the premises unharmed. Phan still refused to exit the house. At around 3 PM, SWAT officers fired tear gas into the home in an attempt to drive Phan out of the residence. When that failed, officers entered the home to find Phan deceased from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gun wound.

“The situation has been resolved, and it appears to have stemmed from some kind of domestic dispute,” Officer McLellan said. “Our investigators are still trying to figure out what precipitated all this, but the upside is that none of the victims were harmed. This obviously could have ended up a lot worse with injury or death to the victims.”