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5 children, 3 adults found slain inside home

Published:Monday | August 10, 2015 | 8:00 AM
Harris County Sheriff's Office Sgt D.J. Hilborn (right) walks away from the scene of a multiple shooting yesterday.

HOUSTON, Texas (AP):

Eight people - including five children and three adults - were found slain inside a Houston-area home and a man who exchanged gunfire with police has been charged with three counts of capital murder, according to Texas authorities and court records.

Court records show that one capital murder count against David Conley covers multiple deaths. Another capital murder count is for a person under six years of age. He was being held yesterday in the Harris County jail. Bond had not yet been set for him. An attorney is not yet listed for him.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the eight people were found slain after a welfare check was conducted at the home. The suspect was taken into custody after members of the Harris County Sheriff's Office High Risk Operations Unit and Hostage Negotiation Team negotiated his surrender.

Deputies were called to the home about 9 p.m. Saturday to perform the welfare check, Harris County Sheriff spokesman Thomas Gilliland said. Gilliland said deputies later received information indicating that a man inside the home was wanted on a warrant for aggravated assault on a family member.

Gilliland said while waiting for a High Risk Operations Unit to arrive, deputies spotted the body of a juvenile through a window. Four deputies forced their way into the home, prompting the suspect inside to begin shooting. Deputies pulled back and waited for the operations unit to arrive. The man surrendered about an hour later.