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Gunman in Jones County standoff dies, victims identified

The names of the victims in Sunday's hostage standoff have been released. 

Killed was the alleged shooters daughter Michelle Savelle. Wounded in the standoff was the shooters ex-wife Kathy Laterrade who was shot in the head and his son-in-law Timothy Savelle who was shot in the face. The identity of the wounded deputy has not been released. The deputy was shot several times and is in serious condition in an Alabama hospital.

Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge says the incident began Sunday afternoon at a home on Upper Hamilton Hill Road in the Shady Grove community. Jones County deputies responding to a domestic dispute found 62-year-old Neil Newcomb barricaded inside the home with several hostages.

Newcomb's daughter was killed during the standoff and his ex-wife and son-in-law were shot. Deputies were able to negotiate the release of the man's two grandchildren.

The sheriff's deputy was shot just after midnight during the first attempt by law enforcement to enter the house. He was taken to University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham and is listed in serious condition.

A swat team from the Mississippi Highway patrol made a second attempt to enter the home at around 5 a.m. and found Newcomb dead from a gun shot wound. It's not known if he was shot by law enforcement or the gunshot was self inflicted.

Hodge confirmed that Newcomb was a registered sex offender.

Law enforcement from numerous agencies were on the scene and assisted in the standoff.

More updates when more information is made available.

EDITOR'S NOTE: In an earlier version of this story WDAM incorrectly reported an officer was killed. Although it was corrected quickly, we apologize for the confusion. This is a formal retraction of that mistaken information.

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