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Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff

Remaining Hostages in Chicago Suburb Released


By M. SPENCER GREEN
Associated Press

HARVEY, Ill. (AP) -- Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says the last four hostages have been released unharmed to end a standoff with two armed men in a southern Chicago suburb.

Dart says the two adults and two children still being held were freed Wednesday morning without a shot being fired. He says two suspects have been arrested.

The standoff began about 21 hours earlier when police in the small city responded to a neighbor's report of a possible burglary at the home.


THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Negotiators worked late into the night in an effort to persuade two men barricaded in a home in the southern Chicago suburb of Harvey to end their standoff with police and release the last of six children and two adults they took hostage.

Four of the children had been released after hours of talks between the suspects and hostage negotiators.

Authorities say the two men took the captives after Harvey police responded to a call of a burglary in progress at a home about 12:50 p.m. Tuesday. There was an exchange of gunfire that left two officers wounded.

Harvey spokesman Sean Howard said after the shooting, the two suspects ran into a nearby home, where they barricaded themselves.

Police had initially said five children and one adult were taken captive. However, Howard said one of the children released revealed to police that there were actually six children and two adults being held. Howard would not say whether the suspects know the hostages or whether the hostages are related.

Officers, including a SWAT team, surrounded the home and the entire block of homes was evacuated, affecting about 100 residents, Howard said. A nearby middle school was evacuated, but only staff members were in the building.

Howard said the first two children released appeared to be in good physical condition and were taken to a local hospital for observation. He said the third child, a 1-year-old, wasn't hospitalized. The fourth child was released nearly 11 hours after being taken hostage.

The first child has a breathing problem, Howard said. The men put the child on the front porch and a member of the SWAT team got the child.

"There have been no bumps in the road yet," Howard said of the negotiating effort. "We hope to get this resolved peacefully."

Howard told The Associated Press that authorities do not know the hostage-takers but have identified the hostages. He would not comment on the relationship between the hostages but said a woman hostage is believed to be a nurse. He did not identify the children who were released.

"Right now, we don't want to jeopardize the integrity of negotiation process," Howard said. "We want to protect those children as much as we can. The less information right now, the better."

Officer Darnell Keel, an 18-year veteran of the police force, was in stable condition at a hospital with a broken arm after the exchange of gunfire and will have surgery, Howard said. A second officer suffered a graze wound to an arm.

Twenty-six law enforcement agencies were assisting, Howard said. An armored vehicle and officers in body armor with high-powered rifles were seen in the neighborhood. The state police SWAT team responded, said Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond.

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Doctor Michael August 20 2014 at 11:54 AM

Caught in the act, and we still call them suspects? How delicate we have become toward the criminal elements in this society!

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dickn2000b August 20 2014 at 11:54 AM

More senseless violence committed by blacks. Blacks comprise only 13% of the U.S. population but 78% of violent crimes are committed by blacks. I don't know what the solution is, but something has to be done.

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CHRIS JORDAN August 20 2014 at 12:11 PM

Hey! Wait a minute! Isn't Chicago a "Gun free city?!?!?!?!" How's that law working out so far???

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moradadavislodi August 20 2014 at 11:58 AM

So, which is it? Without a shot being fired or after an exchange of gunfire which left two officer injured? It sounds like the left arm of the reporter doesn't know what his right arm is doing. Journalism 101 - get your facts straight before reporting.

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edwardgilsonesq moradadavislodi August 20 2014 at 12:27 PM

Sounds like cops don't count.

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CUSACitizen August 20 2014 at 12:11 PM

This is the opportunity for Al S and company to speak in the strongest terms against Blacks committing crimes against other Blacks and shooting at the authorities.

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Audrey De Jesus August 20 2014 at 12:07 PM

BLACKS NEED JOBS THAT THE ILLEGALS ARE TAKING.....WHY ARE DEMOCRATS ALLOWING MORE AND MORE ILLEGALS IN OUR COUNTRY ?? WHEN BLACKS UNEMPLOYMENT IS 15 % TO 25 % IS BEYOND ME.

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c62k68 August 20 2014 at 12:03 PM

This Associated Press reporter couldn't even abbreviate 'Illinois' correctly, much less be objective when reporting.

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Mike c62k68 August 20 2014 at 1:05 PM

He's a liberal, what do you expect, they don't even know how to vote correctly.

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evnsaffl c62k68 August 20 2014 at 5:01 PM

That is the Huff Post editor's error. Don't blame the reporter.

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Gary H Mayer August 20 2014 at 11:54 AM

As we take ISIS and other terrorists out, why not include so-called 'African-Americans,' which is a misnomer? Most are just dirty black people who care about nothing but drugs and f'ing white women. All these darkies and the white women who adore them must die.

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Cary August 20 2014 at 12:06 PM

Good work to get it done and no one hurt.

Now, regardless of who these "suspects" are, throw them into prison with no hope of parole.

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CPA11973 Cary August 20 2014 at 12:21 PM

the sad thing is the cost of trying them.

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Mike Cary August 20 2014 at 1:06 PM

No one hurt except two law inforcement personnel being shot.

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graphixembroider August 20 2014 at 12:37 PM

what color were the poeple involved? we need to fine out if they were different colors so we can label someone a racist. isn't that standard media procedure?

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Mike graphixembroider August 20 2014 at 1:08 PM

You can bet your "sweet bippy" they weren't white or Obozo, Holder, Sharpton and Jackson would be right on top of it !

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