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Nebraska drugstore standoff ends, gunman ID'd as Andres Gonzales found dead

A Box Butte County Sheriff's deputy holds an assault rifle while responding to a call of "shots fired, officer down" on June 12, 2012, in Alliance, Neb. Authorities say an officer has been shot and a man is holding police at bay inside a store in the Nebraska Panhandle city of Alliance. The officer was shot in an arm and was taken to Box Butte General Hospital. No other shots have been reported, but the downtown business district has been blocked off.
AP Photo/Alliance Times-Herald, Mark Dykes

(AP) OMAHA, Neb. - The Nebraska State Patrol says a 14-hour standoff with a gunman at a pharmacy in Alliance has ended and that the suspect is dead.

Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins released a statement early Wednesday identifying the dead suspect as 27-year-old Andres Gonzales, of Alliance.

The statement does not say how Gonzales died but says the death was confirmed following a gun battle inside the pharmacy with Nebraska State Patrol SWAT team members. None of the SWAT officers was injured.

Police earlier said the gunman shot and wounded two city police officers and a state patrol officer. None of their injuries is life-threatening.

A hostage held by the gunman for hours Tuesday in the drugstore managed to escape but was wounded while getting away, police said.