Hialeah SWAT Standoff Ends, Family Members Say 2 Dead

By Julia Bagg
|  Monday, Jul 14, 2014  |  Updated 7:16 PM EDT
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A man stabbed his girlfriend to death before turning the knife on himself at a SWAT standoff at a home in Hialeah late Sunday, family members said. Nbc 6's Christina Hernandez has the story.

A man stabbed his girlfriend to death before turning the knife on himself at a SWAT standoff at a home in Hialeah late Sunday, family members said. Nbc 6's Christina Hernandez has the story.

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2 Dead in Hialeah SWAT Standoff: Family

A Hialeah SWAT standoff ended with two dead after a man stabbed his girlfriend then turned the knife on himself, family members said. Rosana Sabatiel was killed in the incident, family members said.

Hialeah SWAT Standoff Ends

A SWAT team responded after a man reportedly barricaded himself inside a Hialeah home late Sunday. The incident began sometime around 8 p.m. at a home in the 600 block of E. 63rd Street, Hialeah Police said.
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A man stabbed his girlfriend to death before turning the knife on himself at a SWAT standoff at a home in Hialeah late Sunday, family members said.

The SWAT team responded after a man reportedly barricaded himself inside a home in the 600 block of E. 63rd Street shortly after 8 p.m., Hialeah Police said.

Police said SWAT officers discovered the bodies of 40-year-old Julian Ovalle and 31-year-old Rossana Sabater as soon as they entered the home.

Police and family members both said the cause of the couple's domestic dispute was unknown.

"I don't know, I can't explain this," said Sabater's great uncle, Sebastian Acosta. "He killed her with a knife, her throat."

Police also said there was evidence of a fire that was set or started during the dispute.

Acosta said Sabater left behind three children ages 4 to 15. Two of those children were Ovalle's and another was from Sabater's previous relationship, according to police.

No further information was immediately available.

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