Woman bears no ill will to man who held her hostage

Woman Bears No Ill Will Towards Man Who Held Her Hostage

An Oklahoma woman is safe after she was held hostage by an armed gunman.

Monday afternoon, Norman police officers were called to a hostage situation at the Nextstep law office. Many of the employees in the building were able to make it out uninjured after hearing shots; however, 32-year-old mother of two Jennifer Shokat was hiding under her desk.

"He said, 'I'm not going to hurt you,'" she told ABC News.

Shokat says that throughout the ordeal the gunman, 29-year-old Devin Rogers, allowed her to use her cell phone. He even asked her permission to smoke a cigarette. Of course, she said yes.

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Rogers then started to open up to the paralegal, confessing that he was a veteran who had served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

After speaking for hours, Shokat helped Rogers negotiate his surrender.

Rogers was taken into custody and faces various complaints including kidnapping, weapons, assault and battery charges and discharging firearms. However, despite the ordeal, Shokat has no ill will towards the military veteran.

She told KOCO, "I don't believe he was necessarily a bad person. I believe he was more of a broken person."

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