- Standoff at Rite 4 Us Inn & Suites in suburban Atlanta ended at 7.30am after suspect Korrie Thomas stabbed himself in the neck
- SWAT team rescued a woman and 11 children ranging in age from 3 months to 17 years old
- Police spent four hours negotiating with Thomas, 36, who barricaded himself inside a room with hostages
A SWAT team in suburban Atlanta rescued a woman and 11 children this morning following a four-hour standoff that ended with the suspected hostage taker stabbing himself.
According to DeKalb County Police, the situation began unfolding at around 3am following a domestic dispute at Rite 5 Us Inn & Suites, an extended-stay motel at 4300 Snapfinger Woods Drive.
Police Chief John Conroy said the male suspect, identified as 36-year-old Korrie Thomas, who was believed to be armed with a knife, barricaded himself inside one of the units along with a woman and 11 children.
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Bloody outcome: A hostage situation at Rite 4 Us Inn & Suites in suburban Atlanta ended Tuesday morning with a knife-wielding suspect stabbing himself in the neck
Hostages spared: A woman and 11 children ranging in age from 3 months to 17 years were rescued from the motel by police. The suspect was rushed to a hospital in critical condition
First glimpse: Police in DeKalb County have identified the suspect in the standoff as 6-year-old Korrie Thomas
Investigators said the young hostages ranged in age from 3 months to 17 years old.
A SWAT team arrived on the scene to negotiate with the armed hostage taker, but the talks broke down when the man plunged a knife into his neck at around 7.30am as officers closed in on the motel, reported the local station Fox 5.
The police department revealed that no other injuries were reported and that the suspect was transported to a hospital in critical condition.
Authorities said that all the children who were rescued from the inn are related but they do not yet know how.
Police say the standoff came after a 911 call reporting a domestic dispute