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Police Talk Hostage-Taker in Wheelchair Out of Post Office

Police Talk Hostage-Taker in Wheelchair Out of Post Office

Police gather at the Wytheville Post Office on Dec. 23, 2009. A hostage situation is ongoing at the post office in the southwest Virginia town. (AP Photo)

The AP via YellowBrix

December 24, 2009

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – A daylong standoff at a small-town post office in western Virginia ended last night with three hostages being released and a suspect in custody, police said.

Police had earlier cordoned off three blocks after an armed man in a wheelchair entered the post office and took a number of people hostage. The man made no demands other than to ask for a pizza, said Pete Rendina, spokesman for the US Postal Inspection Service.

A SWAT team responded and began negotiating with the suspect, who released the hostages and came out of the building, state police Sergeant Michael Conroy said. Shots were fired earlier, but there were no reports of injuries. Relatives said the hostages had been able to talk to them by phone.

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    LittleDeputy

    over 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    According to the hostage taker he is a Vietnam vet, but the FBI has been unable to verify his story. He was definately a disturbed individual. Glad that all my co-workers were able to end this and everyone of them went home safely! Great job Wythe County!

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    jhunph

    over 4 years ago

    1116 Comments

    And POS is a registered sex offender. I wish he had made a move so he would have been torn to foder.

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    jhunph

    over 4 years ago

    1116 Comments

    What was this guys beef?

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Another disturbed individual peacefully taken into custody. Great Job by all.

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    LynchburgPD2020

    over 4 years ago

    194 Comments

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    LynchburgPD2020

    over 4 years ago

    194 Comments

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42162 Comments

    The way it should be. Great job by all!

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    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    11190 Comments

    Good job by all, and glad no one was hurt, even the hostage-taker.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 4 years ago

    50320 Comments

    Nice to hear no one was hurt. Nice job SWAT.

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    akeribear

    over 4 years ago

    2286 Comments

    Glad that no one was hurt. If he only wanted a pizza he could have done that from home. I hope that we get more info here soon. There is alot of it missing.

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    RHiltonJr

    over 4 years ago

    848 Comments

    Nut jobs these days. Glad no one was hurt

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    FireDad

    over 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Glad that no one was hurt. Kudos to the SWAT Team and others that were able to dissolve this..

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Gotta rate this up for a job well done by the responding guys.
    Weird, and not enough info...
    I am just hoping this guy is not a Combat Wounded Vet with some PTSD...
    If that is not the case... Book his butt to the fullest extent.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Hold on here for a moment! This guy must have had other issues!!! What he did will probably put him behind bars for a long time because of the felony charges that he'll receive.

    Had he just ordered a pizza and had it delivered to his house, and just not paid the pizza guy, he would have only been hit with a misdmeanor.

    SOME PEOPLE!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    I am very glad that this ended with no injuries or fatalities!

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