Police: Man kills himself after standoff with SWAT team

- A standoff with an armed man in Gwinnett County ended Saturday morning with him taking his own life.  

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The violence started just after midnight on Glenbrook Drive in Tucker.

Police say the victim, Crystal Bell, and the suspect, Bell's neighbor Lance Walburn, were hanging out with several people at Bell's home that night.

According to officials, Bell walked Walburn home, but she told officers that he attacked her as he was entering his home.

She was shot once in the chest and once in the arm and fled to dial 911, police said.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and Bell was transported to a local area hospital still conscious and alert. Her condition is unknown, but police said her injuries are not considered life-threatening. 

Walburn's dog was also shot. She is being treated at a local veterinarian.

Officers determined the suspect Walburn was still in the area. They secured arrest warrants for Walburn.

With SWAT members surrounding the area, he exited his home about seven hours later with a gun and attempted to flee through backyards, police said. He then shot himself at around 7:35 a.m. No officers were hurt or involved in the shooting. 

The investigation now begins into what sparked the violence and into the gunman's past. Police say they discovered ammunition inside the residence.  

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