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Investigators, neighbors, family process violent day that ended with suspect's death

(WMC-TV) - The house is destroyed. The walls are still standing, but little else is left after a violent day that ended with two injured officers and the death of the suspect.

Investigators spent most of their day Wednesday trying to make sense of what happened at the house on Worthington Street Tuesday afternoon.

James Pegues dropped by to see the house that his daughter lived in until it went up in flames following the violent standoff.  His daughter declined Action News 5's request for an interview, but told the Commercial Appeal that the suspect, Aaron Dumas, dropped by Tuesday. She said she did not know he was wanted by police, or that he would be at the center of the mayhem that left her homeless.

"That's right. Best thing they got out alive and got out unhurt," said James Pegues. "Only thing I know to say."

William Catron lives across the street. He says he has seen Dumas around South Memphis.

"He was just so soft spoken, you could just never judge a book by its cover," said Catron. "It's just crazy, you know."

Two-tenths of a mile up South Parkway, Dumas was accused in August 2012 of lighting two cars on fire during a spat with an ex-girlfriend.

"Obviously a very tragic scenario all the way around," said Dumas' attorney and family friend, Andre Wharton.

Wharton added that loved ones are heartbroken by the entire sequence of events.

"They're going to miss him dearly. Regardless of how horrific the scenario played out at the end, it's still a human life," he added. "Everybody's mourning. Not only for Aaron [but also] for those folks that's been impacted by this entire situation. It's something that we, we ask for the whole community to be prayerful."

Dumas was due in court Thursday on the previous charges. The case will be dismissed because he died, though police have not yet confirmed exactly how.

The woman who owns the house on Worthington Street is getting help from the Red Cross.

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