Man surrenders after standing over woman’s body for hours

CEDAR HILL, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a gunman has surrendered after a five-hour standoff in eastern Missouri during which he wouldn’t let officers near a woman’s body.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak says negotiators arrested the man around 11 a.m. Wednesday after he agreed to surrender peacefully.

The standoff began after a neighbor in a subdivision in the town of Cedar Hill called police, saying she had gone outside after hearing gunshots and a man had pointed a gun at her. The neighbor wasn’t harmed.

A woman’s boy was on the porch at the feet of the gunman for the duration of the standoff. Police haven’t released the name of the woman or the gunman.

Cedar Hill is about 35 miles (56 kilometers) southwest of St. Louis.

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