The gunman shot at police officers who responded to the incident at Grape and 115th streets in Watts, the Los Angeles Times reported. He also fired shots at his wife, who was critically injured.
When the officers arrived on the scene around 3 a.m. Friday local time, they found the victim in a truck on the property with a gunshot wound, according to KABC.
The gunman then fired at officers, who returned fire, before he retreated into his home, the Times reported. None of the bullets hit the officers, and no cops were injured in the standoff.
The names of neither the gunman nor the victims were released.
The incident was sparked by a domestic dispute, KABC reported.
As the gunman barricaded himself in his home, a two-hour police standoff ensued. After that time, two children around 8 and 3 years old came out of the house, Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Robert Green told KABC.
The children told officers that their “mom and dad” were dead inside the home, according to Green, but a SWAT team discovered the wife critically injured when they stormed the house at around 5 a.m.
The SWAT team found the gunman dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, LAPD spokesman Bruce Borihanh told the Times.
A 1-year-old was also in the home. All three children had been in police custody while the LAPD tried to find relatives who could care for them.
“They’ll be in our custody until we identify relatives,” the deputy police chief said.