Pittsburgh hostage situation ends peacefully

Pittsburgh hostage situation ends peacefully

Pittsburgh : PA : USA | Sep 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM PDT
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Hostage Situation in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper said an armed man who took one hostage inside a building in Pittsburgh office building has surrended to the police without anybody getting hurt.

Harper said the suspect surrended to the police after he posted on Facebook in the early hours of the hostage taking that he had "lost everything". Harper said the hostage is safe. The suspect name is Klein Michael Thaxton who was a background in the military and had suicidal tendencies.

The hostage crisis commenced on Friday morning inside the 16th floor of a benefits administration firm.

Harper said the suspect surrended to the police but made no demands.

Harper said friends of Thaxton pleaded with him not to harm anybody and to think of his mother who must have been in pain about the hostage crisis on his Facebook page around 1pm.

Thaxton entered the Breitman Associaties building about 8am with a handgun and he asked to see the man he took as a hostage.

Harper said the Facebook messages sent to Thaxton were both helpful and harmful in an attempt to end the hostage crisis but "it is a distraction for negotiating."

Employees at a nearby office building called 911 to alert the authorities a hostage crisis was happening. It is not clear why Thaxton entered the building and go after the company to attempted to settle his grievances.

News sources Associated Press and Penn Live

George Vieto is based in Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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