Suspect, 3 Hostages Leave Va. Post Office

Suspect may have explosives taped to body
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2009 6:43 PM CST
Updated Dec 23, 2009 10:32 PM CST
Suspect, 3 Hostages Leave Va. Post Office
The Wytheville (Va.) Post Office, where a man is allegedly holding hostages and has explosives.   (AP Photo)

The suspect in today’s hostage situation at a western Virginia post office looks to have surrendered to authorities, leaving the Wytheville building along with three of his apparent captives. The hostages came out with hands raised, WSLS-TV reports, followed by a man in a wheelchair, whom police with shields approached, along with an armored vehicle. The man was thought to have explosives strapped to his body, and police surrounded him after ordering him to the ground.

Early reports were unclear on whether the hostage-taker entered the building in, or pushing, the wheelchair. Shots were fired, though without apparent injury. The man also made no demands other than asking for pizza—which, the Wytheville Enterprise notes, was delivered. (More post office stories.)

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