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Posted at 11:26 PM ET, 12/23/2009

Gunman surrenders, free hostages from Va. post office

By Aaron C. Davis

A man suspected of firing several shots and taking three people hostage for several hours Wednesday in a southwest Virginia post office surrendered peacefully moments ago, authorities said.

Shortly before 11 p.m., three people believed to be have been held hostage for more than 8 hours were seen leaving through the front door of the post office in Wytheville.

Several minutes later, the suspect, who is disabled, rolled through the front door in a wheelchair. He was immediately taken into custody, said Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for Virginia State Police.

Geller said the hostages appear to be unharmed. She did not identify the suspect.

For more information, visit The Post's Crime Scene blog.

By Aaron C. Davis  | December 23, 2009; 11:26 PM ET
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