UPDATE: Cause of death released for Ferris in Chesterfield shooting

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Last Friday, after a standoff with police... Richard Ferris was shot and killed outside his $600,000 home in Woodland Pond. Investigators say 45-year-old Ferris shot at police twice before he was killed. The medical examiner says the father of four died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.

Investigators pulled cell phones and computers from the three-story red brick home; also seized-- ammunition and about a dozen guns-- including a submachine gun and rifle.

Ferris, a prominent attorney, partnered with his wife out of this office on Memory Lane. He was also a licensed gun dealer.

Today, all but four front windows are boarded up at the Ferris' home. Nearly a week ago, when the standoff started, police threw in several bottles of teargas. They say once they walked through the property police found several of those guns now seized, and police say it appears as if they were strategically placed throughout the house. This evening the Ferris family is no longer talking with investigators.

In an obituary, Ferris' family says he was a kind, generous and caring man. He clerked for the circuit court, taught at Regent University and was involved in missionary work and prison outreach.

Flags billow outside the Millwood School because of a donation made by Richard Ferris. According to the school's website, Ferris sat on the board of trustees for the last four years.

Found in the home was an empty six-pack of beer and two empty bottles of a medication used to treat depression. Police hope all of that evidence leads them to the reason why Ferris barricaded himself inside for eight hours.

Police also took photos-- including one of a sniper and a leather coat. Investigators say the Ferris family has hired an attorney.

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