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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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    dolphinblue

    over 4 years ago

    42980 Comments

    Glad to hear this ended peacefully with no injuries.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Wow...Glad to hear this thing had a happy ending escpecially with the way things have been going in the world lately.. Merry Christmas to all involved, now go home and enjoy your families!

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