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Officer-involved shooting reported in Jim Thorpe, hostage taken

Updated: Saturday, October 26 2013, 08:14 AM CDT
Posted by: Lauren Gross

UPDATE:

JIM THORPE, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say an off-duty police officer in rural northeastern Pennsylvania has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
   
Authorities are trying to sort out the details. Initial reports say the 33-year-old Lansford officer took another officer hostage Friday night and took a police cruiser, then drove with the hostage about 10 miles east to Jim Thorpe.
   
A struggle broke out before the alleged hostage-taker committed suicide.
   
State police say an investigation is continuing.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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JIM THORPE (AP) -- A reported hostage situation in rural northeastern Pennsylvania is said to have involved two police officers.

WFMZ-TV said an off-duty police officer in Lansford, Carbon County, allegedly took another officer hostage at the police station on Friday night and stole a police cruiser and weapons.

The station reports the off-duty officer then drove with the hostage about 10 miles east to Jim Thorpe, where a fight broke out in the cruiser and the officer who had been taken hostage then shot his alleged captor in the head.The officer who was shot has been rushed to the hospital. There is no word on his condition or his identity.


Information from: WFMZ-TV, http://www.wfmz.com

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)Officer-involved shooting reported in Jim Thorpe, hostage taken


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