A more than 30-hour argument with police outside a Detroit house ended Wednesday morning when the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside just hours after he was released from one hostage and escaped from a second, according to law enforcement agencies.
The suspect, whose name was not released and who was only identified by police as a 38-year-old white man, became excited and stopped communicating with negotiators, a Detroit deputy police chief told on a nearby street corner around 10 a.m. on Wednesday Reporters. The police then approached the house and spotted a man through the window lying on the floor in the living room.
They used a lightning bolt to see if he was asleep before entering the house to find that the man had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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During his talks with hostage takers, the suspect admitted killing three people in a triple homicide dating back to earlier this year, the deputy chief said, adding that police believe the man had climaxed on an unknown narcotic when he stopped communicating with him. He also reportedly made statements that he would not spend the rest of his life in prison.
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The hostage was investigated by EMS, who found that although he was very emotional, he had not been injured, Worboys said earlier Wednesday before delivering his message to the shooter, who may have been watching.
“We want him to know that we’ll be waiting for him. We want him to come out peacefully. We don’t want to hurt him, ”said Worboys. “If he’s watching TV – today I think our negotiators asked him to turn on the TV – please put down your arms. Come out with your hands up. And we will take care of you. “
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“We don’t want anyone to get hurt. This is our message to him. We appreciate that our two hostages are safe and sound, ”he added.
The hour-long hiatus began early Tuesday when Redford police attempted to break into traffic around 2:30 a.m. The driver didn’t stop and instead drove to the house on the 15000 block on Iliad Road. He then got out of his car, let the vehicle run, and went out on the porch before firing a shot at officers getting out of their cruiser, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. The suspect broke into the house and officials called for assistance.
The Redford and Detroit police responded to the scene. The negotiators arrived home and formed an early opinion that the suspect was under the influence of an unknown narcotic and possibly alcohol, Craig said. The shooter also admitted he was a suspect in a triple murder dating back to June. His relationship with the two hostages remained unclear.
The suspect threatened to kill the two hostages and himself, and to injure police officers if they entered the house. The first hostage, a woman, was released from the house at around 3 p.m. Tuesday.
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Police said the suspect was a member of a local motorcycle gang and also admitted through talking to negotiators that he had mental illness and had not taken his medication.
Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.