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The arrest of a suspect in a series of deadly shootings in California ‘stopped another killing,’ police say

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At first, they thought they were dealing with a domestic dispute.

Then, someone started shooting at a home in Santa Clarita and the killings went on for at least two days.

But the killer never left the scene of the massacre and authorities say he stopped another killing in the process.

The suspect was arrested on Thursday after he opened fire in front of the home in the 5000 block of W. Dabney Drive in the city.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. • Prosecutors in California say they have arrested a man who, with a handgun, opened fire in front of a home during a rampage that killed three people and wounded several others.

Tiffany Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clarita Police Department, says the man confronted a husband and wife who were living there with their son and a young girl.

She says the man started shooting at his victims. She says the husband picked up a handgun and that’s when he opened fire on the suspect, killing him. She says the woman got out a second handgun and fired at the suspect.

She said she’s not certain whether the woman was involved or the husband, who was shot in the arm.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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