MAN AND FOUR CHILDREN FOUND DEAD AFTER 21-HOUR HOSTAGE STANDOFF IN ORLANDO

A Florida man who took four children hostage after beating his girlfriend and shooting a police officer apparently killed the kids and himself following a 21-hour standoff, police said.

The standoff started Sunday night, when Gary Lindsey Jr.'s live-in girlfriend fled the apartment and called police to report that Lindsey had hit her. When police arrived at the apartment to question Lindsey, he opened fire, sending one of the officers, Kevin Valencia, to the hospital with a bullet wound to the neck, police said.

Judy Pepper, who lives in the apartment complex, told the Associated Press that she had fallen asleep on her couch Sunday night and was awakened by gunshots.

“It just went, ‘Pop. Pop. Pop. Pop,’” Pepper said.