The suspect in an overnight standoff in Emmett has died of self-inflicted means on Wednesday afternoon, according to police.
The man was not identified, and police wouldn’t say when they believed he had died or the cause of death.
Gem County deputies spent Tuesday night watching a home on West Central Road where a possibly armed man refused to come out after a reported domestic dispute.
The woman inside the home near Mesa Avenue came out, unharmed, as deputies approached about 8 p.m., and the man was on the porch, public information officer Rick Welch said.
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"They asked him to come out and he refused," Welch said about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday. "That's the last they had any contact with him. The gentleman barricaded himself in the house."
The woman told deputies there are firearms in the house, but no gunshots or visible weapons were reported early in the day, he said.
With no one else inside the home, officers' approach was been patience and caution, Welch said.
"They didn't want to force things ... make him do something we don't want him to do," Welch said. "We want to make sure he doesn't come out and harm anyone else in the area."
Deputies observed movement inside the house during the night, he said, but were unable to reach the man on his cell phone.
Shadow Butte Elementary School near the standoff site has been closed as a precaution, and the Emmett School District announced all district schools are closed Wednesday because of the situation and weather.
Central Road is closed at Mesa Avenue, Welch said. The home is in a rural area about four miles northwest of Emmett, down a long driveway with no homes immediately adjacent, he said.