Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

A gunman and his three hostages were found dead in California at the largest veterans home in the United States after over eight hours of lockdown.

The assailant exchanged “many bullets” with Napa County deputies at around 1:20 p.m. in Yountville, where the home is located, said Sheriff John Robertson.

The hostages were from Pathway Home, a counselling service for veterans who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, Mr. Robertson said at a news conference.

Authorities were “on scene and in control” at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville earlier in the day, according to a spokeswoman for the state Department of Veterans Affairs.

“We have activated our emergency response protocol and are cooperating with law enforcement,” the department said in a Facebook post.

The County of Napa sheriff requested people avoid the home.

More details to follow. Image of the scene from NBC News. 

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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