LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A standoff in a west Louisville neighborhood with the Metro Police SWAT team ended early Friday after a man who had barricaded himself in a home surrendered. That's when police discovered the body of an elderly woman inside the home.
Police have identified the woman as 89-year-old Sina B. Harris. She was the suspect's mother.
Deputy Coroner Jim Wesley says the woman's death may not have been homicide.
"It appears that it could be natural causes," Wesley said. "But she will be taken to the Medical Examiners office for an autopsy this morning to rule out any foul play or obvious trauma."
The coroner's office later confirmed that Harris died from natural causes - probably heart disease.
It all started around 5 p.m. on Nov. 12, when detectives from the LMPD Crimes Against Seniors Unit were sent to 1710 Cypress in the Algonquin Park area to check on the welfare of an elderly woman living there.
As detectives approached the home, they were greeted at the door by a man holding a gun to his head. Officers secured the area and called for SWAT and hostage negotiators.
After negotiators talked to the man for several hours throughout the night, he surrendered peacefully around 2 a.m. Friday, nine hours after the standoff began.
According to police, family members had not seen or heard from the woman who lived in the home since August.
The man inside the home was taken to LMPD headquarters for questioning. No charges were immediately filed.