UPDATE: Police standoff ends with one dead in Chesterfield

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – A police standoff ends with the shooting death of a man at a Chesterfield home. Investigators have been on the scene most of the day determining what happened in the hours before the shooting.

This is all happening in southern Chesterfield in the Woodland Pond neighborhood, where events began unfolding late last night.

45-year-old Richard Ferris was shot to death outside his home after police say he started blasting his gun at the SWAT team early this morning. For hours, his wife and six children were in the home with Ferris. Police say they were concerned about his welfare, and didn't want to leave him alone.

It took an army of police officers in camouflage and body armor to control the scene on Timber Point Drive. Police say it started just before midnight with a hang-up 911 call. Police tracked the call to wife, Michelle Ferris who was concerned for her husband's welfare.

"Officers arrived on scene and heard gunfire inside the house," said Captain Kevin Smith with the Chesterfield Police Department.

The SWAT team slowly assembled around the red brick two-story house. Police alerted neighbor Dan Mulligan to the danger next door.

"Got another knock on the door and they were asking us to turn off our lights," he said.

Police didn't want Richard Ferris to see armed officers move into position. At 3:00 a.m. officers convinced wife Michelle and six children to come out. For hours negotiators tried and failed to coax Richard Ferris out of his cul-de-sac home.

"Kept asking him to pick up the phone and talk to somebody," Smith said.

Just before 8:00 a.m. police say Ferris walked out of his home and fired several rounds. Police say he ran back in, then came back out blasting bullets at the SWAT team. Ferris was shot and killed on his property.

"We have not determined the number of officers yet who were engaged in the gunfire. That is being done at this time," Smith said.

Mulligan says from his home he heard pop, pop, pop.

"It wasn't until daylight, when he walked out on his backyard--- that he realized the severity of the situation; dozens of patrol vehicles, police dogs, and the ATF flooded Woodlake pond," said Mulligan.

Police say there were several items in Ferris' home that were cause for concern. The community is safe tonight, but the forensics team will be back Saturday morning--- collecting evidence. 

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