Man, hostage dead after Southern Calif. standoff



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HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a hostage standoff at a San Bernardino County home ended with the shooting deaths of a woman and a man who was holding her hostage. Two small children also held hostage came away safe.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller tells the San Bernardino Sun that a man called authorities Wednesday afternoon to say his wife, 4-year-old daughter and baby were being held hostage in their home by a male cousin.

Deputies and a SWAT team responded and saw the man inside with a shotgun.

They tried to negotiate with the man but he was defiant, threatening both deputies and hostages.

Miller says deputies then shot and killed the man, but gave no further details.

Inside the house they found the woman dead. Miller says her wounds were consistent with the man's gun. The children were returned to their father.

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Information from: The Sun, http://www.sbsun.com

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