TOWN 'N' COUNTRY, Fla. (FOX 13) - Several hours after two women were shot inside a Town 'N' Country home, a standoff ended with the alleged gunman dead by apparent suicide.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, it was around 5:30 a.m. when several neighbors called 911 to report a shooting in the 6700 block of Ranger Drive.
Arriving deputies found a 40-year-old woman shot in the leg and a 30-year-old woman shot in the shoulder. Both were taken to the hospital in stable condition, HCSO Col. Donna Lusczynski said.
The gunman, identified as 47-year-old Michel "Frenchy" Barbeau, refused to come out of the house. Deputies – including the SWAT team and crisis negotiators – converged on the neighborhood, blocking off roads and evacuating nearby homes.
Lusczynski said negotiations lasted until around 12:30 p.m., when the suspect stopped responding. Deputies then used a water gun to blast through the front door, then fired gas into the house with no response. Deputies rolled a robot inside and found Barbeau dead of apparent suicide.
“He is located deceased inside the residence,” Lusczynski stated.
Deputies believe Barbeau was romantically involved with the 30-year-old woman.
One neighbor, who lives across the street, said it wasn't the first time deputies had visited the home, but it was the first time that he had witnessed a large number of responding deputies.
"We heard like five shots, four or five shots," said Frederico Londono. "We saw two girls leaving the house with a boy. They were crying."