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The Standoff Situations topic page offers a variety of tactical tips and strategic concepts to make sure the innocents are spared, the subject is secured, and the officers go home safely. When a suspect is barricaded in place, many things must happen for a successful resolution, such as setting up outer and inner perimeters, and making contact with the subject.
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February 04, 2014

Hostage standoff in Colo. home

Suspect took the hostage Monday evening and the standoff has stretched into Tuesday morning
January 21, 2014

Man shot in Colo. standoff: "I'm not going to prison"

7-Eleven hostage-taker fatally shot by Denver police last week had called his parents from the convenience store.
January 14, 2014

Video: Colo. hostage situation ends in shooting

SWAT and negotiators swarmed the area after receiving word that several people were being held hostage inside the store.
January 02, 2014

Dallas lawyer killed after opening fire at police

Michael Edward Schmidt, a lawyer at a prominent law firm, reported a burglary, then opened fire on responding officers.
December 26, 2013

2 Texas officers wounded, suspect killed after manhunt

Two Grand Prarie police officers were wounded and a suspect was killed ending an hours-long manhunt on Christmas Day.
December 23, 2013

Violent Okla. standoff ends in suspect's suicide

When police arrived, they found a man beating his wife in their front yard with a high-powered rifle.
December 20, 2013

Mass. police, SWAT end 9-hour standoff with robber

A standoff between a suspected bank robber and police and a SWAT team on Furnace Brook Parkway in Quincy ended peacefully after more than nine hours Thursday evening, authorities said.
December 09, 2013

Gunman in custody after barricading self in Ga. hospital

SWAT unit negotiated with the man until he eventually surrendered, no one was hurt.
November 27, 2013

2 Calif. officers shot, suspect holed up with hostage

A gunman shot two Inglewood police officers Wednesday afternoon is holed up in a home with at least one hostage.



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