05/22/2006

Police: Ohio gunman kills self after office standoff

The Associated Press

EUCLID, Ohio- A gunman burst into a medical building and held his ex-girlfriend hostage before fatally shooting himself in the head, police said. No one else was hurt.

The man, whose name was withheld until his family could be notified, apparently was determined to force a reconciliation with his ex-girlfriend, police Capt. Dave Brooks said.

The man had a history of abusive treatment toward the woman, whose name also was withheld until she could be reunited with relatives, Brooks said.

The man entered the office where the woman works and briefly held her co-workers hostage, Brooks said.

At one point, chiropractor Jim Cooper tried to disarm the man but the gunman was able to control the weapon, Brooks said.

The gunman eventually ordered his ex-girlfriend's co-workers to leave.

A hostage negotiator talked by phone with the gunman for nearly an hour before he shot himself in the head, Brooks said.

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