Massillon: Hostage standoff ends, suspect shot and killed

6:46 AM, Jul 29, 2013   |    comments
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MASSILLON, Ohio -- A hostage situation at a Massillon business ended when the suspect was shot and killed by police Sunday evening, officials confirm.

Police first responded to the scene at the Great Clips on Indian River Road SW since about 5 p.m.

An estranged boyfriend attempted to visit his ex-girlfriend's workplace. She was not working at the time, but he took a female coworker hostage in the back room, the sheriff's department says.

A witness at the scene says the man was armed with a knife.

Other employees and customers were able to escape the store unharmed.

Canton SWAT forces and Stark County Sheriff's deputies were called to respond alongside Massillon Police. Roads in the area were blocked off.

Officials say the suspect was shot and killed by SWAT forces during a rescue attempt, around 8 p.m.

The woman held hostage was unharmed.

The Stark County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation. Members of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation were also at the scene, report WKYC News crews.

The name of the suspect has not been released.

No other information has been released.


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