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Austin hostage situation – Two left dead after 'doctor' enters Children's medical with firearm in Texas
TWO people have been killed in a hostage standoff at a medical center in Texas on Tuesday night, police have said.
Officers responded to the Children's Medical Group in downtown Austin after receiving a call at 4:30pm about a person with a gun taking people hostage.
According to KVUE the suspect appeared to be a doctor.
It is not immediately clear how many people were taken hostage and who had taken them captive.
A SWAT team arrived at the center while the Austin Police Department negotiated with the suspect.
Police spent hours talking to the suspect through a bullhorn, Fox News reported.
"You don’t deserve to go through this…for all you have done for others…that is why I want to help you work through this," the police officer said to the suspect earlier.
"You have saved a lot of lives."
During the standoff, which lasted six hours, the negotiator repeatedly asked the suspect to cooperate.
“I cannot guarantee your safety unless you comply," the negotiator said, according to KVUE.
"I am letting you know, doctor, there is a way to resolve this. I need your help to fix the situation.
"That starts with you answering the phone."
Austin police confirmed that two people were found dead in the center.
It is not clear if the suspect was one of the people deceased.
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