Suspect releases 2 hostages in standoff

By The Associated Press

BRAZIL — A suspect wanted by authorities released two hostages but remained holed up during an hours-long standoff with police in western Indiana on Thursday.

Chief Shawn Keen of the Terre Haute Police Department released a statement Thursday afternoon saying the Vigo County Drug Task Force and U.S. Marshal’s Service Task Force attempted to make contact with the suspect about 10:30 a.m. at a room at a Best Western hotel near Interstate 70 in Clay County.

“After announcing their presence, a shot was fired through the door from inside the room," Keen said.

Negotiators won the release of a female and juvenile from inside the room, Keen said. Negotiations were continuing at 1:30 p.m.

No injuries were reported to any officer or the suspect, he said.

Police have made no public statements so far.

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