Paris police in ‘hostage taking’ standoff with armed man

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 13, 2018

Police swarmed a building in Paris on Tuesday, saying a man had taken two people hostage.

The man was described as "determined and violent" and claimed to have a handgun and a bomb according to police, The Guardian reported.

Police said the incident does not appear to be terrorism-related. A pregnant woman also managed to escape and was being treated for shock by ambulance services on the scene.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb posted on Twitter just before 8 p.m.in Paris, saying the hostages had been freed and the suspect was detained by police.

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There initially were three hostages, but one was reportedly freed shortly after the hostage-taking began at about 4 p.m.in the office of a startup, police union official Yves Lefebvre said.

Photos and videos from the scene showed numerous police vehicles and ambulances at Rue des Petites Ecuries in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital.

Crowds of bystanders were held back by a security perimeter at the site, where police and rescue workers were massed, deploying at least one remote-controlled robot on tracks toward the building where the armed man had barricaded himself.

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