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Wade Southerland, 36, Bayou Body Count No. 23

While his family and police nervously waited outside, a man killed himself early Saturday morning in his home near the Sam Houston Tollway in southwest Houston.

The night started off with a fight between 36-year-old Wade Southerland and his wife, which later led Southerland's spouse to call 911, saying her husband was suicidal, police say. As officers walked up to the home on the 5700 block of West Ridgecreek, they heard a shot ring out into the night.

Police were able to get Southerland's wife and a young boy out of the house, but a 9-year-old girl remained inside with Southerland, police say. That's when the SWAT team was summoned.

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As soon as the special unit arrived, however, it quickly turned into a waiting game. For hours, SWAT officers stood outside the home, unable to make contact with Southerland or the child inside.

Finally, officers went into the house, where they found Southerland dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot to the head, police say.

The young girl was perfectly safe and fast asleep, police say, amazingly having slept through the whole thing.

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