15-hour standoff ends with two dead

LUBBOCK – A Lubbock man barricaded inside an apartment held police at bay for 15 hours before killing his ex-girlfriend and hostage and then himself, police said.

Jason Flowers, 24, died at University Medical Center in Lubbock while undergoing surgery. His ex-girlfriend Michelle King, 23, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died on the way to the same hospital, police said.

The standoff began shortly after Flowers broke into King’s apartment and ended when Flowers agreed to surrender to police but instead began shooting.

“He told us he was going to move things away from the door so he could come out and surrender,” said Lubbock Police Chief Claude Jones. “That’s when multiple shots were heard inside the room.”

A rescue vehicle with a battering ram was used by the SWAT team to enter the windowless bedroom. The police also used two flash-bang devices to create a diversion.

Once inside, police found Flowers lying on a bed pushed against the bedroom door. King had been shot several times.

Police said Flowers entered King’s bedroom, where she and her new boyfriend were sleeping, and pointed a 9 mm gun at the couple. After a struggle with the boyfriend, Flowers forced the man to leave the apartment at gunpoint, police said in Saturday’s edition of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

The boyfriend went to a neighbor’s home and called the police.

“I could hear her screaming bloody murder hoping that someone would hear her,” he told police.

When police arrived, Flowers had barricaded himself and King in the bedroom.

Police spokesman Lt. Victor Quintana said Flowers had obtained a protective order against Flowers on Nov. 6.

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