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Colo. Police Rescue 13-year-old, Kill Hostage Taker

February 4, 2014
A police SWAT team in Arvada, Colo., shot and killed a parolee who held a teenager hostage overnight, and officers rescued the 13-year-old boy.

San Diego DA Rules May OIS Justified

January 30, 2014
Four San Diego police officers and one from National City were legally justified when they fatally shot a man in May who robbed a gas station, shot a Bay Terraces resident and held two others hostage, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office has determined.

Suicidal Officer Takes Another Officer Hostage

October 28, 2013
A Lansford, Pa., police officer who was taken hostage at gunpoint Friday night by another borough officer tried but failed to keep his abductor from committing suicide.

La. State Police Kill Bank Hostage-Taker

August 14, 2013
The Louisiana State Police entered a rural St. Joseph bank late Tuesday and shot and killed a mentally ill suspect who had taken three people hostage earlier in the day.

Video: Cop Uses Deadly Force on Child Hostage Taker

July 1, 2013
Midwest City (Okla.) Police Chief Brandon Clabes praised the officer who saved a child by using deadly force on the man who took her hostage in a Wal-Mart in mid-June.

Okla. Cop Kills Hostage-Taker, Saves Toddler

June 18, 2013
A man was shot and killed by a Midwest City (Okla.) Police officer Monday afternoon after holding a toddler hostage for more than half an hour inside a grocery store, authorities said.

High-Risk Hostage Encounters

May 24, 2013

Dr. Bill Lewinski of the Force Science Institute offers his thoughts on high-risk hostage encounters following the accidental shooting of a college student by a Nassau County (N.Y.) Police Department officer. Bill explains high-stress decision making, how tell when you can no longer engage a suspect with rapport, and the importance of time as a factor in an officer's ability to react to these complex situations. Read our profile of Lewinski here.

Video: Phoenix Police Ram Kidnapping House

May 21, 2013
The Phoenix Police Department's tactical unit rammed a house where a kidnapping suspect held his 3-year-old son and several adults hostage to help end a standoff that began Monday night.

N.Y. Cop 'Torn Up' Over Hostage's Death

May 20, 2013
A Nassau County (N.Y.) Police officer who fatally shot a Hofstra University student and her armed captor during a standoff has struggled to deal with the accidental death, according to a police source close to the officer.

Gunman Holding Ga. Firefighters Killed

April 10, 2013
A Gwinnett County (Ga.) Police SWAT team shot and killed a man who had taken five firefighters hostage earlier Wednesday. The hostages were released with only minor injuries.

Police Sniper Ends Ind. Standoff, Saves Child

March 21, 2013
A Fort Wayne (Ind.) Police sniper ended a stand-off Wednesday afternoon that began when a suspect pulled a woman off a city bus, killed her, and took a 3-year-old hostage.

FBI Raid Frees Child from Ala. Abductor

February 4, 2013
The hostage situation ended sometime on Monday. Sources at the scene confirm that Ethan is safe and the hostage-taker, 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, is dead.

Negotiators Talking To Ala. Captor Through Pipe

January 31, 2013
A standoff in rural Alabama went into a second full day as police surrounded an underground bunker where authorities said a retired truck driver was holding a 5-year-old hostage he grabbed off a school bus after shooting the driver dead.

Gunman Kills Bus Driver, Kidnaps Autistic Boy

January 30, 2013
Explosives specialists with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrived in Midland City, Ala., after a gunman boarded a stopped school bus, shot the driver, and took a 5-year-old autistic boy hostage.

Manhunt Underway for L.A. Nordstrom Hostage Takers

January 11, 2013
On Friday, Los Angeles Police officers continued searching for two suspects who held hostage 14 employees at a Nordstrom Rack employees beginning Thursday evening.

LAPD SWAT Rescues Children After 10-Hour Standoff

December 12, 2012
Los Angeles police have shot and killed a man they say held his two children hostage for 10 hours in a Baldwin Hills home.

Tactical Texting Ends Utah Hostage Standoff

November 28, 2012
SWAT officers with the Roy (Utah) Police Department ended a hostage standoff late Tuesday by sending a series of text messages to the suspect using another man's cell phone.

L.A. Sheriff's SWAT Team Arrests Machete-Wielding Man

July 16, 2012
A barricaded suspect who held another man hostage with a machete eventually surrendered after the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's tactical unit was called out.

Domestic Hostage Barricade: The Answer

June 4, 2012
With this SWAT blog, we're answering a question proposed in the earlier blog, "Domestic Hostage Barricade: What Would You Do?" You told us how you would handle the scenario of a suspect who has taken his ex-girlfriend hostage in a residence. Now, we'll give you the actual outcome from the incident.

Fla. Mother Kills Children, Self During Standoff

May 15, 2012
Brevard County (Fla.) Sheriff's tactical deputies entered a Port St. John home Tuesday morning to find a mother and three children dead in a murder-suicide. A fourth child had been fatally shot earlier in the day.
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