CRIME
11/06/2014 11:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Police Responding To Hostage Situation In New York Pawnshop

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UPDATE 1:50 p.m.: The Buffalo News reports that the suspect has committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. All three hostages appear safe and were escorted out of the shop by a SWAT member.

UPDATE 1:12 p.m: Police told the Buffalo News that the situation stems from a domestic dispute. A Hamburg police negotiator is on the scene as a man with either a rifle or shotgun holds three people hostage, police said. It is currently unclear if one of the hostages is the suspect's girlfriend.

Previously:

Officers in Buffalo, New York, responded to reports of a hostage situation at a pawn shop on Thursday morning.

On Twitter, the Buffalo Police Department asked people to avoid the area surrounding Metro Loan Pawnbrokers.

Buffalo News reported that a man with a gun is holding two to four people hostage inside the shop. Police have set up a SWAT vehicle in front of the shop, with at least three SWAT team members gathered around in full-body armor.

The publication said the man with the gun is reportedly suicidal.

This is a developing story.

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