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Suspected Colorado hostage-taker killed by police

Authorities respond to a home in Arvada, Colo. where a man allegedly held a 13-year-old boy hostage for nearly 18 hours. CBS Denver

ARVADA, Colo. - A man who allegedly held a 13-year-old boy hostage for nearly 18 hours in Arvada, Colo. was shot and killed by police, who then rescued the boy unharmed Tuesday, reports CBS Denver.

The station reports the suspect has been identified as Donnie Pooley. His sister told CBS Denver Pooley was wanted on outstanding warrants and was on the run.

Pooley was shot after he went to the front door to retrieve unspecified items left by police negotiators, Arvada police Chief Don Wick said. The SWAT officers immediately rescued the boy.

Wick declined to release additional details pending an investigation.

Wick said the standoff began in the residential neighborhood north of Denver after police responded to a domestic dispute call involving an adult male and female at 5:30 p.m. Monday. 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.

Police negotiated with the suspect, and aware that he was watching media reports, released few details during the standoff, other than to say the hostage and suspect didn’t know each other. The suspect also called some media outlets with what police described as misinformation.

The Denver Post said the suspect and a friend called the newspaper Monday night but police asked that the content of the conversation not be reported.

During the standoff, the Colorado Department of Corrections said the suspect could be an "absconded parolee" and that officials there were working with police. After it ended, department spokesman Roger Hudson said he hadn't gotten an update from police yet about who the suspect was.

  • Crimesider Staff

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