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Father Kills Son, Self As Standoff Ends

Mon., April 3, 1995

A two-day police standoff ended Sunday when officers stormed a house and found a suspected gunman and his 9-yearold son dead, police said.

The bodies of John M. Lekan, 54, and his son John Jr. were found about 1 p.m. in a bathroom. Lekan shot his son in the head and then shot himself in the head, police Chief Patrick Beyer said.

Police had taken Lekan’s 49-year-old wife, Beverly, out of the house nearly three hours before her husband and son were found. Mrs. Lekan, who is bedridden and suffers from multiple sclerosis, was taken to a Cleveland hospital with minor injuries.

The standoff began Friday afternoon when police were met by gunfire when they went to the house to check on Mrs. Lekan. Visiting health care workers had called police to complain about guns in the house.

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