Kernell Harrell Jr. (10561)

6/10/2015: Kernell Harrell reportedly died after shooting himself during a nearly 6-hour standoff with the New Orleans SWAT team. Harrell barricaded himself inside a room at the New Orleans Inn at around 9 a.m. Harrell was wanted in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Melissa Hunter, 23, who was shot and killed the previous week in Desire. SWAT commander Capt. James Scott says Harrell refused to surrender and insinuated he had a hostage, though it was later determined that Harrell was alone. Harrell allegedly told police he was suicidal and asked to speak with his mother during the negotiations, but officials said they generally do not allow communication with family during standoff situations. Harrell reportedly remained armed throughout the standoff, but at no time did he point the weapon at law enforcement, Scott said. Some of Harrell's family members gathered just down the street from the motel. Initially believing Harrell had surrendered, they screamed in horror when they learned he'd been shot—with some accusing police of shooting him. Scott reiterated that the gunshot wound was self inflicted. Harrell was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

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