4 escape from hostage situation in Greeley, suspect dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound


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GREELEY, Colo. — The Greeley Police Department said four people safely escaped from a hostage situation at a home Wednesday. The suspect was found dead inside the home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.

According to GPD, at 2:39 p.m., officers responded to a restraining order violation in the 2800 block of Aspen Avenue. When they arrived, they found a man refusing to leave a home.

Police say they learned the suspect was armed with a handgun and holding four people inside the home against their will.

GPD’s SWAT team and Crisis Negotiations Unit responded immediately, police said.

Negotiators began talking with the suspect.

SWAT and patrol officers removed two small children from the home’s upper level.

“Negotiators continued talking with the male, who eventually released another victim. After several hours negotiating with the male, the last victim was able to come to the front door. This victim ultimately ran outside, and was rescued by officers,” GPD said in a press release.

Police said they heard a single gunshot from the home while on scene. They entered the home and found the suspect dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police said there is no longer a threat to the community.

The suspect’s identity will be released by the Weld County Coroner’s Office.

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