Gunman Found Dead After Releasing Hostages In Standoff - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Gunman Found Dead After Releasing Hostages In Standoff

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (AP) - A man accused of holding four people hostage in a pharmacy Monday apparently killed himself during the standoff, police said. No hostages were harmed.

A man with a rifle entered Klein's Pharmacy about 10:30 a.m., police Lt. Jeff Childers said. A customer who escaped called 911. Ten people were in the store and four were taken hostage, Childers said.

An emergency response team of about 20 officers and a hostage negotiator surrounded the pharmacy and communicated with the gunman by telephone.

Childers did not have information on a motive or demands. Police had not yet confirmed the gunman's name.

Radio station WAKR in Akron reported the man demanded the painkiller Vicodin and took some Oxycontin.

A male hostage was released at 12:45 p.m and two women escaped through a basement door about 1:30 p.m. The last hostage was released about 2:55 p.m., Childers said.

Officers then heard a single shot. They entered the pharmacy and found the gunman's body.

"He's dead inside, an apparent suicide," Childers said.

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