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Man accused of killing mother of child dead after standoff

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WCSC/WVTM) - A 25-year-old man suspected of killing the mother of his 3-year-old child last month in Beaufort County is dead Thursday after killing himself during a standoff situation in Columbus, Ga.

According to police, A SWAT team was trying to talk Leo Deandre Scott out of a home in Columbus, Ga. on Thursday. Police were called to the home around 9:30 a.m. after receiving a call about shots fired. Police say Scott died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound during the standoff.

Scott was connected to the Jan. 26 murder of 21-year-old Velencia Compton, the mother of his 3-year-old son. Compton was in the Navy stationed in Beaufort. Investigators say Scott took Compton's car and drove the child to Columbus after killing her.

Police found the youngster in good condition later on the night of the murder. They also found the car in the Walmart parking lot off Buena Vista Road.

Around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, detectives and the U.S. Marshal Service went to an apartment to serve a warrant for murder. When they knocked on the door, two women came to the door. Police then escorted them out of the apartment. The women identified a photograph of Scott and told authorities that he was inside.

Investigators say when they went to knock a second time on the door, they heard a single gunshot. That is when a SWAT team was called to the scene.

Once the team entered the apartment, they found Scott dead. The two women have been arrested. Both Kimberly Gosa and Rachael Banks are facing charges of hindering the apprehension of a criminal, possession of marijuana and possession of a drug offense.

Scott's father was on the scene assisting authorities as they attempted to talk his son down. Police have not released any details about how Scott died.

Police say Scott had ties to Columbus, Ga. because he used to work there and has friends and family in the area.

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