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US News Orlando Standoff: Children Hostage After Officer Shot

16:35  11 june  2018
16:35  11 june  2018 Source:   newsweek.com

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A man in Orlando , Florida, has barricaded himself after allegedly shooting an officer in an overnight incident, police said Monday. Police said the man was holding four hostages in his apartment, all of whom were children .

Gerald 'Skip' Murphy, 38, was shot after holding his girlfriend's three children hostage for three days. As the standoff stretched into a third day, officers entered the home around 3:45am on Sunday after noting Murphy's 'deteriorating state of mind' and deciding it was necessary to enter to

Orlando man was holding 4 kids hostage after allegedly shooting police officer and beating girlfriend © Social Media Orlando man was holding 4 kids hostage after allegedly shooting police officer and beating girlfriend A man in Orlando, Florida, has barricaded himself after allegedly shooting an officer in an overnight incident, police said Monday. Police said the man was holding four hostages in his apartment, all of whom were children. The children were 1, 7, 10 and 12 years old, respectively, Orlando Police Department Chief John Mina said in a press conference. 

"The suspect is barricaded in his apartment. He has four hostages, all children." Mina said. "SWAT is out there. We're trying negotiations—to negotiate with the subject so he peacefully surrenders. And our main concern right now is the safety of the children that are in our apartment."

Police said the girlfriend of the suspected gunman alleged he assaulted her, which led officers to go to the apartment near Universal Orlando at about 11:45 p.m. Sunday night, reported WESH. Then there was reportedly an exchange of gunfire and an officer was hit with at least one bullet. 

"One officer was shot," Mina said in the press briefing. "He had a surgery. It is a very significant and serious injury. He is out of surgery now. He is expected to survive." 

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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