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Woman fatally shot in south Arlington hostage episode

A 30-year-old woman was killed and her estranged husband was arrested in connection with her death after a three-hour siege Thursday morning at the woman’s south Arlington home.

The Tarrant County Medical examiner said Stoyvne Neal died at 10:26 a.m. at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth where she had been taken by helicopter after being shot.

Two children, ages 7 and 10, who were in the home at 607 Cunningham Drive, were not injured. An older man who appeared to be related to the woman, also was not injured.

Arlington police arrested Ronald Lloyd Neal, 32, at the scene and took him to the Arlington jail, said Lt. Blake Miller, Arlington police spokesman.

Neal was booked on one charge of murder and two counts of attempted capital murder. The later charges are for when the suspect fired on officers, Blake said. No officers were injured. Bail had not yet been set.

Police said one of the children called 911 about 7 a.m., shortly after the estranged husband showed up with a gun.

Miller said it is unclear whether Ronald Neal is the father of the children. Court records show that Stoyvne Neal’s petition for divorce was filed Thursday morning in Tarrant County’s 324th District Court.

Hostage negotiators attempted to talk with the man for at least two hours.

Just before 10 a.m., officers entered the house, and the man fired at least two shots before running out of ammunition. Seeing that he was out of bullets, officers held their fire and arrested him without further incident, Miller said.

Television news crews captured video of emergency medical workers trying to revive the woman on the front driveway.