Couple found dead in Kauai home after standoff with police

LIHUE (AP) — A man and a woman were found dead inside a Kauai home following a standoff that began when the man called police reporting gunshots, police said.

The 53-year-old man died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, and the 50-year-old woman died after being shot, the Kauai Police Department said.

Authorities have not made public the identities of the man and woman, who were believed to be married. Autopsies were pending.

The man called police at about 2 p.m. Wednesday, reporting shots fired and a threat by the woman to kill herself, police said. Officers responded to the house in Kekaha and attempted to contact the man.

Crisis negotiators and the department’s special services team were called to scene and continued attempts to reach the man.

“They were asking if he needed any medical attention, if he and his wife were OK, if they were alive– if they needed anything,” neighbor Andru Davis-Henry told Hawaii News Now.

After about four hours and several failed attempts to reach the man, police entered the home and found both dead.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.