AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - A former Amherst police officer was found dead in his Florida home after a hostage situation came to an end Wednesday night.
WINK News reports deputies were called to the home in Lee County, Florida after shots were fired around 4:15 p.m. Authorities say 74-year-old Arthur Hohensee fired rounds at his wife and adult daughter, briefly held them hostage, and then set their home in the Silverlakes community of Gateway on fire.
Hohensee and his wife had recently divorced, and Hohensee has two prior domestic violence injunctions, both from 2012, one of which was against his wife.
Authorities exchanged gunfire with Hohensee before the home was set ablaze. Hohensee's wife and daughter escaped the home through a window, and deputies pulled them to safety. Neither were injured.
Hohensee's wife was granted the home after the couple's divorce on May 10. The home was a total loss after the fire.
Hohensee's body was later recovered, and the medical examiner determined Hohensee died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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