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November 10th, 2008
Man kills self after taking hostage

STAFF REPORT

A man shot himself this afternoon after releasing a female hostage during a standoff at a Dripping Springs mobile home park, said Lt. Leroy Opiela, the Hays County sheriffs office spokesperson.

The sheriff’s office SWAT and crisis negotiations team arriving at 27110 Ranch Road 12 convinced the man to allow his hostage to leave but the man broke off further communication, Opiela said. After efforts to force his surrender, including the use of gas, proved unsuccessful, the Austin police department’s explosives unit used a robot to enter the residence where he was found dead of what appears to be  self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

Authorities were not releasing the suspect’s name pending notification of his family. Justice of the Peace Terry Kyle has ordered an autopsy.

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