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Suspect in fatal Ind. shooting, hostage-taking, is killed by police

Members of the Fort Wayne Police Dept.'s SWAT team outside a home after they fatally shot a man they say killed a woman, and took a 3-year-old hostage on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
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(CBS) FORT WAYNE, Ind. - A fatal shooting that led to an hours-long hostage situation in Fort Wayne, Ind. ended with the suspect's death and the child hostage's safe recovery on Wednesday, CBS affiliate WANE reports.

The suspect, who was identified by police as 45-year-old Kenneth Knight, allegedly shot a 49-year-old woman to death after pulling her off a city bus around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The shooting victim, who was identified by The Journal Gazette as Jacqueline Bouvier Hardy, of Fort Wayne, was riding the Citilink bus with the suspect. Fort Wayne police spokeswoman Racquel Foster said it wasn't clear whether they were companions, but police do not believe the shooting was random.

After the shooting, Knight fled on foot into the surrounding neighborhood where he holed up in a house with a 3-year-old during a standoff with police.

According to WANE, police said once they had a clear shot at the suspect, they took it. The suspect was killed at about 4:30p.m. and the toddler was then safely rescued.

It is not known what, if any, relationship Knight had with the three-year-old.

Police say Knight knew the people who owned the home where the hostage situation took place.

It is unclear how police were led to that location.

The Journal Gazette reports police have confirmed a protective order was filed against Knight recently. Who filed the order has not been made public.

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