Hostage standoff ends with suspect fatally shot

Alvin police tell us a man went to the home of his ex-girlfriend, where he shot her new boyfriend and then held her against her will for hours overnight.
August 14, 2012 3:51:12 AM PDT
Police in Alvin say a long standoff with a man holding a woman hostage came to an end this morning.

It started at the Mewport apartments on East South near Fairway shortly before 10pm.

Police say the man went to his ex-girlfriend's home and shot her new boyfriend. According to investigators, he then dragged her outside broke into someone else's car and then held her hostage at gunpoint for hours.

Eventually, police officers on scene say they were forced to shoot and kill the suspect.

"We felt he was going to take her life. We had to take his life and took one fatal shot," said Chief Mike Merkle with the Alvin Police Department. "So tonight at 3am, Stephen (no last name given) at 47 years old was fatally wounded by our agency response team."

The woman is expected to be OK. Her boyfriend is also recovering in the hospital.

Police say the investigation is still ongoing.


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