Five people killed in 12-hour hostage standoff in Mississippi, US
Four victims and a suspect are dead, after a domestic dispute in Mississippi led to a fatal hostage standoff on Saturday, 16 February 2019. The street was at one point flooded with first responder cars while a man was believed to have held multiple people hostage for almost 12 hours. Clinton city spokesman, Mark Jones, says the incident began about 2h30 on Saturday, inside a Clinton home and lasted for about 12 hours. One witness described it as a "war zone." Jones said four people were killed but did not provide any other details about the deaths in the Jackson suburb.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) says the suspect has been taken into custody. Clinton Police Chief, Ford Hayman, said small children who had been inside were released before the hostage situation came to an end.
Captain Johnny Poulos says the MBI took over the case because the shooting involved police. He could not provide any information on what led to the shooting.
The MBI said Sunday that the suspect, Nam Quang Le, 34, was taken to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The four hostages were identified by the Hinds County coroner as Lan Thi My Van, 30, Le Thi My Van, 28, Cho Thi Van, 65, and Phung Minh Le, who was about 28 years old. All four of the hostages were shot multiple times, authorities said. Two children were rescued unharmed, police said.
Members of Northside Baptist Church walked through the neighbourhood on Sunday to remember those who were killed. "The whole goal was to just walk in silence from the end of the road to the scene of the house to offer words of prayer at the house," the Rev. Courtney Stamey said. "This is our neighbourhood, so when one of our neighbours is hurting, we're hurting, and part of what we're doing today is shouldering that hurt with them."
A makeshift memorial has been erected outside the house on Foxhill Lane. "It's just a reminder that this pain and hurt and loss happens in every community. It's just a matter of how we react to it together," Stamey said.
Some of the victims were relatives, authorities said.