ST. JAMES, Mo. (KMIZ)
The St. James Police Department said one man died after he barricaded himself in a home for more than seven hours Wednesday.
The department originally received a report of shots being fired in the 800 block of West Washington Street around 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Police said the man was actively shooting when they arrived on the scene and had barricaded himself inside a residence.
The department said it then made the decision to lock schools down to secure the area where students were dismissing and to find alternative bus routes.
Once officers set up a command post, police said they began negotiations with the subject inside the house.
When police were unable to make contact, they entered the residence. KTVI, a St. Louis sister station of ABC 17 News, reported police entered the home around 9:30 p.m.
Police found the man dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Authorities did not immediately identify the man who died.