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Armed man takes hostage, prompts 2-hour police standoff

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A man armed with multiple guns including long rifles and wearing body armor allegedly took a hostage inside an auto repair business, prompting a standoff with police in Tacoma, Washington, according to authorities.

The suspect, whose identity has yet to be released, was shot by a SWAT officer but was uninjured because of his body armor, police said. No hostages or responding officers were injured.

Helicopter video shows the moment when the suspect turned himself in to authorities.

Video of the Parkland Standoff suspect being taken into custody. Contact PC Sheriff’s Dept. for details. https://t.co/lwJGQCQ3il

— KCSOAirsupport (@KCSOAirsupport) September 7, 2018

PHOTO: SWAT team responded to armed hostage situation in Tacoma, Wash., Sept.7, 2018.Pierce County Sheriffs Office
SWAT team responded to armed hostage situation in Tacoma, Wash., Sept.7, 2018.

The incident began about 7:40 p.m. Thursday night when the suspect allegedly tried to rob a tire store before fleeing to a nearby auto repair business where he took an employee hostage, police said. Shortly afterward, police, including a SWAT team, arrived on the scene.

PHOTO: Suspect in custody after firing shots at deputies and taking person hostage in an auto repair shop. Pierce County Sheriffs Office
Suspect in custody after firing shots at deputies and taking person hostage in an auto repair shop.

“The suspect continued to fire numerous shots as he appeared to barricade himself inside the business with the hostage,” the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “Our SWAT team attempted to make contact with the suspect and to engage in negotiations, but the suspect continued to fire rounds toward deputies.”

Armed suspect entered business & took 1 person hostage. Suspect fired multiple rounds inside business, hostage has been rescued by deputies. Suspect continues to fire off numerous rounds at deputies & across Pacific Ave., is believed to be barricading himself inside the business.

— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) September 7, 2018

PHOTO: An armed suspect in Tacoma, Wash. hostage situation turns himself in to authorities, Sept. 7, 2018. King County Sheriff Air Support
An armed suspect in Tacoma, Wash. hostage situation turns himself in to authorities, Sept. 7, 2018.

Body armor taken off suspect. Confirmed suspect was hit once in the vest by a round fired by our deputies, is being evaluated by medics but no serious injuries. No deputies or officers injured, no hostages injured, no bystanders injured. pic.twitter.com/Yns1AjvFE4

— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) September 7, 2018

Around 8 p.m. local time, deputies rescued the hostage, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

An hour and a half later, the SWAT team exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who later walked out of the business and was arrested.

The standoff lasted about two hours.

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