A more than 30-hour standoff with police outside a Detroit home ended Wednesday morning when the suspect died inside of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, just hours after one hostage was released and another escaped, according to police.
The suspect, whose name has not been released and is only identified by police as a 38-year-old white man, was agitated and stopped communicating with dealers, a Detroit Police Assistant Chief told reporters in a nearby street corner around 6 p.m. 10 Wednesday. Police then approached the home and saw a man through the window lying on the ground in the living room.
They deployed a flashbang to see if he was asleep before then entering the home to determine that the man had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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During his conversations with hostage dealers, the suspect admitted to having killed three people in a triple murder dating back to earlier this year, the assistant chief said, adding that police believe the man came from his height on an unknown drug when he stopped with communicating with them. He also allegedly made statements not wanting to spend the rest of his life in prison.
A male hostage-taker managed to escape from the home at Iliad Road Block 1
The hostage was investigated by EMS, who determined that although he was very emotional, he had not been injured, the Worboys said earlier Wednesday, before directing his message at the shooter who may have seen.
“We want him to know that we will wait for him. We want him to come out peacefully. We do not want to hurt him, “said Worboys. “If he’s watching TV – today I think our dealers have asked him to turn on the TV – please put down your weapons. Come out with your hands up. And we take care of you. ”
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“We do not want to see anyone injured. That is our message to him. We appreciate that both of our hostages are safe, healthy, ”he added.
The hour-long standoff began early Tuesday when Redford police attempted to initiate a traffic stop around 6 p.m. 2.30. The driver failed to pull around and instead drove to the home at the Iliad Road 15000 block. Then he got out of his car and let the vehicle drive and walked on the porch before firing a shot at officers coming out of their cruises, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. The suspect broke into the home and officers called for backup.
Redford and Detroit police responded to the scene. Dealers arrived at the home and formed an early perception that the suspect was under the influence of an unknown drug and possibly alcohol, Craig said. Sagittarius also admitted he was suspected of a triple murder dating back to June. His relationship with the two hostages remained unclear.
The suspect threatened to kill the two hostages and himself and injure police officers if they entered the home. The first hostage, a woman, was released from the home around 3pm on Tuesday.
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Police said the suspect was a member of a local motorcycle gang and through his conversations with dealers also acknowledged that he was suffering from mental illness and had not taken his medication.
Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.