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Suspect In Killing Of 4 Hostages During Standoff Has Died

Posted at 4:10 PM, Feb 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-17 16:12:03-05

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) – A man who shot and killed four people he held hostage in a Mississippi home has died from gunshot wounds he suffered in the 12-hour standoff, authorities said Sunday.

Two small children were released unharmed from the home in Clinton several hours after the standoff started, police said. Not long after, TV cameras captured the sounds of a barrage of gunfire.

Police used a battering ram to force their way into the house and found four people dead and the suspect wounded, authorities said.

Nam Le died from his wounds at a hospital, said Hinds County Coroner Sharon Gresham Stewart. The coroner hasn’t released the names of the four people killed inside Le’s home or any relationship they had with him.

The standoff started around 2:30 a.m. Saturday when officers checking on a domestic call were fired on. The suspect went back inside the home and refused to come out, authorities said.

Officers fired shots during the standoff, but a statement from Mississippi Public Safety Department spokesman Capt. John Poulos did not say if Le shot himself or was wounded by officers.

Authorities have not given any further details about the call that preceded the standoff.

Police tape still surrounded the one-story house Sunday afternoon. Several windows and the front door appeared to be blown out.

The house is in a large subdivision in Clinton that backs up to the Nachez Trace Parkway, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of Jackson.

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