UPDATE: Man shoots self in front of police, ex-wife, children in Monrovia

MONROVIA — A man who had been holding his ex-wife at gunpoint near Library Park Saturday fatally shot himself when confronted by police, authorities said.
Police initially described the dead man as appearing to be in his late 40s.
The incident was reported just after noon in front of Library Park, in the 300 block of South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia police Lt. Dan Verna said.
Police received several 9-1-1 calls reporting a domestic dispute in which a man threatening a woman with a gun.
“When officers arrived, they found a man holding a woman at gunpoint,” Lt. Jaime Alfaro said.
Officers ordered the man to drop his gun and surrender, Alfaro said.
“The male turned the gun on himself and took his own life,” the lieutenant said.
The woman, who was in her mid-40s, and two young children she was with were unhurt, police said.
Investigators learned the man was the woman’s ex-husband, and one of the children with the woman was theirs, Alfaro said. He had followed the woman and children to the area.
Police summoned counselors to comfort the woman and children.

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