updated 2/20/2009 6:53:14 PM ET 2009-02-20T23:53:14

A man wanted in the ambush shootings of two Indiana police officers killed himself Friday, ending a daylong standoff, police said.

Robert Datillo, 37, of Jeffersonville, Ind., had barricaded himself inside a Louisville home. Police said Friday night they found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A SWAT team, hostage negotiators and federal agents descended on the neighborhood around 10:30 a.m. after a vehicle believed linked to the shootings was found at the residence.

Two people left the house after police arrived. Another walked out around 4:30 p.m. He was handcuffed and led to a car, where officers interviewed him.

Officers then spent several hours trying to get Datillo to surrender peacefully.

Lynn Murphy of Louisville, who said she was Datillo's sister, told reporters she had spoken to him on the telephone while he was in the house and that he was scared.

Murphy said her brother told her, "I love you. I'm sorry. I don't know what's going to happen."

Meanwhile, police released two other men held in Indiana, saying they were no longer considered suspects in Thursday evening's shooting.

The two men acknowledged they had at some point Thursday been in the motel room where Jeffersonville Cpl. Dan Lawhorn, 39, and Patrolman Keith Broady, 32, were shot, Jeffersonville police Detective Todd Hollis said. But police did not believe they were in the room when the shootings occurred.

Hollis said police hadn't ruled out charges at a later date for Vincent Windell Jr., 22, and Kyle Bieber, 19, Datillo's nephew.

Broady was shot in the chest in an area not protected by his bulletproof vest, while Lawhorn was shot in the leg, Hollis said.

He said at least seven shots were fired at the officers and that Broady fired twice in return.

The two officers remained in stable condition Friday at a Louisville hospital after undergoing surgery.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin said the officers were shot after going to the motel to investigate reports of illegal drug activity. Drugs and two pipe bombs were found in the room and the devices were safely detonated, but the .45-caliber weapon used in the shootings hadn't been recovered, Hollis said.

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