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Report: Suspected Colorado hostage-taker shot, teen unharmed

A hostage situation in Denver has ended after a suspected hostage-taker was shot and a teen victim was released unharmed, reports CBS Denver. CBS Denver

UPDATED: 2:50 p.m. ET

ARVADA, Colo - A nearly 18-hour hostage standoff in suburban Denver ended Tuesday after police shot the suspected hostage-taker and a male teen was released unharmed, reports CBS Denver.

The victim, a 13-year-old boy, was led unharmed from a home in Arvada on Tuesday by police after a loud bang was heard. Police Chief Don Wick said the suspect was shot and the boy was rescued immediately afterward at the front door. The suspect's condition wasn't known.

Police had been negotiating with a man who was holding a male teen hostage at the home in Arvada, about seven miles northwest of Denver, reports CBS Denver. The suspect took the hostage around 5:30 p.m. Monday evening and the standoff stretched into Tuesday morning, reports the station.

According to Wick, the standoff began after police responded to a domestic dispute call involving an adult male and female early Monday evening. The male fled the home, forcibly entered a nearby residence and took the 13-year-old hostage while he was home alone, police said.

The boy's mother and brother arrived a short time later but were not taken hostage.

“We are talking to suspect & working hard to end peacefully,” Arvada Police reported via Twitter Tuesday morning.

The state prisons department said the suspect may be a parolee but police wouldn't confirm that during the standoff.

Police are releasing few details, but reported via Twitter that the suspect and the hostage did not know each other. Residents of some nearby homes were evacuated, police reported.

The Denver Post reports that the suspect and a friend called the newspaper Monday night but police asked that the content of the conversation not be reported. The suspect's calls to media outlets have been described by police as misinformation.

The Denver Post reports that the suspect and a friend called the newspaper Monday night but police asked that the content of the conversation not be reported. The suspect's calls to media outlets have been described by police as misinformation.

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