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Standoff with police leaves two dead in Alexandria

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By Dixon Hayes

ALEXANDRIA, AL (WBRC) - A bizarre day for East Alabama law enforcement as a Calhoun County standoff ends with a burned house, and two people dead.

When the three hour standoff ended, the body of one man was found in the burned house on Gate Five Road in Alexandria.  A second person was found shot to death in a trailer behind the home.

Authorities believe the man found inside the burned home was Jonathan Singleton, the man who was supposed to be arrested on warrants of failing to appear in an Etowah County trial on sex abuse charges, as well as a probation violation over that same failure to appear.

Etowah County deputies came to the home around 3:30 to serve those warrants.  Since the home crossed jurisdictional lines into Calhoun County, Calhoun County deputies assisted.  Sheriff Larry Amerson says the man at the house barricaded himself in the home, refused to come out and at one point fired one shot.  Deputies retreated, and response teams from Gadsden and Etowah County descended upon the otherwise quiet rural neighborhood.

Amerson says there were numerous attempts to communicate with the man by cell phone, landline and even a bullhorn.  When he refused to come out, officers surrounded the house and threw two tear gas cannisters through a window.  The home caught fire shortly afterward, but it's not clear if the fire was started by the tear gas cannisters or another cause.

Amerson says the home was a total loss, and that he's unclear as to the identity of the second body.

"Our first goal...was for our people to come home safe, for us to resolve this as safely as we could for all parties," Amerson said
afterward.  "Unfortunately for the man in the house, we couldn't do that.  But our people used as much caution as we could."

The home actually belonged to Singleton's grandmother and he lived with her, according to Amerson.  She was out of the house at the time of the
fire.

Fire marshals are on the scene investigating the house fire.  Amerson also hopes to determine a cause of death for the man inside the house.
He says he still doesn't know of the man shot himself, tried to shoot someone else or just fired a warning shot.  He also said numerous gunshots were heard inside the home during the fire.

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