Police in Virginia say six people are dead in an apparent domestic murder-suicide in Chesapeake.

News outlets report that Chesapeake police said in a news release that officers were sent to a home Wednesday afternoon to check on a person and found one person dead. Police say their investigation led them to another home about a block away, where they found an armed person barricaded inside.

After negotiating for several hours, police say officers entered the home and found five people dead, including the armed person they had been negotiating with.

Police say all six people who died appear to be relatives and they believe the person they were negotiating with killed the other five people. Police did not release their names.