WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (KWQC) - UPDATE: The West Burlington Fire Department has confirmed the suspect who barricaded himself inside his home for hours is dead.
After nearly 12 hours of negotiating with a man at a home on East Pennington St., the suspect began firing at officers and a short while later, set his house on fire.
Police said it began Monday morning around 2:30 a.m. when officers were dispatched to a welfare check in regard to an assault.
ORIGINAL: According to officials with the West Burlington School District, the schools are operating as usual while police work through a "challenging situation."
West Burlington Police say at 2:41 a.m. they along with the Des Moines County Sheriff's Department and the Burlington Police Department were called to the 400 block of East Pennington Street in West Burlington. Police say they received a report for someone inside the home who was armed with a shotgun.
Officials with the department said the person inside the home fired a weapon while inside the home. Negotiations are ongoing.
Police are asking the public to avoid the area.
School officials said, "the school, as well as, the local law enforcement deem the safety of our students as one of our highest priorities".
Officials also announced they would not be letting students walk home from school due to the ongoing police activity.