LA Police Kill Murder Suspect

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) -- Authorities say anger over a divorce settlement may have driven a 63-year-old man to shoot five people in a Louisiana law office, killing two of them.

A special tactical unit used explosives to enter the building in Alexandria shortly after midnight. Police say they shot John Ashley to death after he opened fire.

Police say Ashley repeatedly shot at them during yesterday's 10-hour standoff, and even fired at a remote-controlled police robot they'd sent inside. No officers were hurt.

The two dead people were found in the front of the building, where police rescued one of the three surviving victims yesterday afternoon. The other survivors escaped on their own.

Ashley, a retired city maintenance worker, was found in the back of the office, which had been converted from a single-story house.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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