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Video: Commissioner Talked to Suspect to End Philadelphia Standoff

To end a lengthy Philadelphia standoff that left six officers shot and wounded, Police Commissioner Richard Ross used some "unorthodox" tactics, including speaking directly with the suspect.

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Philadelphia Suspect in Custody After Hours-Long Standoff, 6 Wounded Officers OK

The suspect in Wednesday's hours-long standoff in Philadelphia in which six officers were shot surrendered to authorities just after midnight Thursday, exiting the residence with his hands in the air.

Two Georgia Officers Shot, Gunman Barricaded in Home

Two officers with the Henry County (GA) Police Department were seriously wounded when gunfire broke out in the Atlanta suburb of Stockbridge on Thursday. The officers were transported to a local hospital where they were listed in serious condition.

Suspect Shot, Hostages Freed at New Jersey UPS Facility

​Police in Logan Township, NJ, were able to shoot, wound, and arrest a suspect who reportedly took two women hostage at a UPS facility on Monday.

Oregon Police Fatally Shoot Knife-Wielding Man Holding Woman Hostage

Portland (OR) police fatally shot a man—reportedly armed with a knife—holding a woman hostage at the Del Rancho Motel in Southeast Portland, according to OregonLive.com.

Surviving as a Hostage

As police officers (and especially if you work corrections) in the United States or Canada, you have to ask this question: What would you do if you were taken hostage?

South Dakota Hostage Taker Arrested After Gunfight with Police

A South Dakota man has been arrested and faces numerous charges stemming from an incident in which he allegedly shot at police officers and took hostages in western South Dakota.

LAPD Officers Rescue Hostages During Store Barricade Incident

Over the course of the standoff, police and SWAT officers helped some customers escape down ladders from windows and could be seen carrying children to safety.

Armed Florida Hostage Taker Fatally Shot

Eustis police called in Lake County's SWAT and negotiation teams. They attempted to get Richards to leave the home for two hours.

Orlando Officer Shot in Head Now Breathing on his Own

The shooting of Officer Kevin Valencia began a standoff that ended when the barricaded gunman killed four children before killing himself.