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Standoff in Kearney ends with death of suspect in shootings

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KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — Police say a standoff in Kearney with a suspect in the shooting of two women ended with the death of the man from a self-inflicted gunshot. Kearney police say 33-year-old Jeffrey Smith held police at bay for several hours Monday before the standoff ended around 4 p.m. when Smith shot himself. Smith was suspected of breaking into a rural Elm Creek home and shooting his ex-girlfriend and her mother early Monday. Kearney police Lt. Kevin Thompson identified the victims as 35-year-old Amber Schade, and her 63-year-old mother, Lena Rouse. Officials have said several children were in the home at the time of the shooting, but none were hurt.

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