Police: Hostage-Taker Surrenders In Pittsburgh

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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UPDATE: Friday, September 21, 2012

An armed man who took a hostage inside a downtown Pittsburgh office building has surrendered to police.

Police Chief Nate Harper says the suspect gave himself up after posting Facebook updates in the early hours of the standoff saying he had "lost everything." Harper says the hostage is OK.

Police identified the hostage-taker as Klein Michael Thaxton. Harper had said Thaxton had a military background and was suicidal.

The standoff began Friday morning inside the 16th-floor office of a benefits administration firm.

Harper says Thaxton was cooperative but made no demands.

Thaxton's friends had responded to his Facebook posts by urging him to end the situation peacefully, including one who asked him to think of his mother.

The Facebook page was later taken down.

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Pittsburgh police SWAT team has responded to a high-rise office building downtown where a man armed with a gun and carrying at least one bag is holding a hostage or hostages.

Police say the man entered the building sometime after 8 a.m. Friday and went up to an office suite on an upper floor of Three Gateway Center. The building is one of six office buildings that dominate the city skyline nearest Point State Park.

Police have evacuated the building and say there have been no reports of shots fire or injuries.

A police spokeswoman has yet to provide more details, but officers at the scene have told reporters about the general circumstances.

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