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Forestville hostage situation ends

A Forestville-area hostage situation that began late Tuesday night ended Wednesday morning when a man who was holding a woman hostage shot himself in the head, authorities said.

The man, described only as 37 years old, was rushed to Prince George's County Hospital in critical condition, according to Maj. Andy Ellis, a police spokesman.

The situation appeared to stem from a domestic dispute between the man and the woman, police said. Police negotiators spoke to the man throughout the night, Ellis said, and he shot himself once in the head at 7 a.m.

The woman was unharmed.

Police were called to the 8600 block of Richboro Road about 10 p.m. Tuesday, said Cpl. Henry Tippett, a police spokesman.

Three women were inside the house when the incident began, but two of them were able to escape, Tippett said. The other two women were not injured, according to police.

A man who said he was inside the home called media outlets and said he was holding a woman hostage.

--Tom Jackman and Clarence Williams

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 15, 2010; 8:39 AM ET
Categories:  Clarence Williams , Pr. George's , Tom Jackman  
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