Editor's Note: Friday's hostage situation in Chicago was ended when a containment officer took advantage of a rare vantage point, fatally shooting the hostage-taker without injuring the hostage.
Be sure to read Time vs. Opportunity in hostage rescue, where P-1 columnist Charles Remsberg explores the life-or-death balance between the expenditure of time and seizing a critical opportunity in a standoff situaton. "Often command staff thinks if they can wait out the hostage-taker, there'll be a better chance of resolving the incident nonviolently. In reality that’s not always the case."