2 killed in standoff with sister's ex-boyfriend

Posted at 2:55 PM, Feb 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-14 22:42:58-05

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victims in the nearly 12 hour standoff near 140th and Miami that began Friday morning.

Brothers Jason Edwards, 41 and John Edwards, 35 both of Papillion were found dead inside Kenneth Clark’s home, according to a release from the Sheriff's Office.

Police say Clark holed himself up for more than 11 hours on Friday before reportedly dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Douglas County Sheriff Deputy Tom Wheeler says it seems to have started because of a domestic situation with Clark and his ex-girlfriend, Julie Edwards.

Julie Edwards had made plans to get some of her belongings from Clark's house. Police say she took her two brothers, Jason and John, to the house on Friday with a moving truck. Police say that while they were finishing loading up the truck, Clark allegedly shot the brothers inside the house and took Julie hostage. 

Preliminary reports say that John Edwards likely called 911 around 10:20 a.m. which was traced to a initial location near 150th and Blando. After police didn't find any evidence of gunshots at that location, they traced the call to the area of Clark's home where a standoff began around 11:00 a.m. 

Clark released Julie Edwards from the home around 1:40 p.m.

After hours of attempts at negotiating, the Sheriff’s ESU tactical team sent gas into the home around 10 p.m. Friday night. Shortly after, they heard what they heard a gunshot ring out and sent the Omaha Police Department robot into the home. Investigators say that's when Clark was observed in an upstairs bedroom with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Autopsies are scheduled for Sunday. Investigations say that because Clark's death is considered an in-custody death, a grand jury will be convened. 

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