UPDATE: West Virginia man dies after domestic violence dispute

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) - UPDATE 7/8/2019 4:05 P.M.

West Virginia police say a man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after assaulting his estranged wife.

Bridgeport Police Chief John Walker told news outlets the man carried a 9-millimeter handgun as he forced his way inside the woman's home and assaulted her on Saturday.

Walker said the man told the woman he would shoot himself if police showed up. The woman escaped the house and heard a gunshot.

Walker says police brought in the SWAT team and spent three hours trying to contact the man before entering the home and finding him dead on the floor.

Police haven't released the suspect's name yet.

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WDTV reports that 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.

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