The Latest: Boy and father die after hostage standoff

The Latest: Boy and father die after hostage standoff

By Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 6, 2016 at 8:21 p.m.


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ATLANTA (AP) — The latest on a man with gun who held a 2-year-old boy hostage in a standoff with police in the Atlanta suburbs on Wednesday (all times local):

10 p.m.

Police say a 2-year-old boy and his father have died after the man took the child hostage during an 18-hour standoff with police in suburban Atlanta.

Police say Phillip Nguyen died Wednesday night after being shot by his father, Thy Ho, and the 43-year-old Ho died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

The standoff began about 10 p.m. Tuesday when someone called police to report that a man threatened to shoot everyone at the home and then take his own life.

Gwinnett County police say the father and child were found with gunshot wounds when authorities entered the Buford home after hearing gunfire about 4:40 p.m. Wednesday. Both were taken to hospitals.

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4:40 p.m.

Police say they found a 2-year-old boy with a serious gunshot wound at a home where his father held him hostage during a standoff that lasted 18 hours in a neighborhood in Atlanta's northeast suburbs.

Gwinnett County police Cpl. Michele Pihera says the father and child were each found with a gunshot wound when authorities entered the home after hearing gunfire around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday. Pihera says the father shot himself.

Pihera says both were taken the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The standoff began around 10 p.m. Tuesday when someone called police to report that a man threatened to shoot everyone at the home then take his own life.

Authorities barricaded the gunman inside the home in Buford, about 35 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. A SWAT team sealed off the neighborhood.

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11:45 a.m.

Authorities said a man with a gun held a 2-year-old boy hostage Wednesday in a standoff that's lasted more than 13 hours, and a SWAT team sealed off the neighborhood in Atlanta's northeast suburbs to deal with what police call a "barricaded gunman."

Gwinnett County police Cpl. Deon Washington told The Associated Press in an email that the SWAT team was responding to the subdivision in Buford, about 35 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. No injuries were reported Wednesday morning.

The suspect was holding the boy inside the home, Washington said. No one was being allowed into or out of the neighborhood, he added.

The standoff began around 10 p.m. Tuesday when someone called police to report that a man was threatening to shoot everyone at the home and then take his own life, Washington told reporters at the scene.

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