3 Dead in Florida Hostage Standoff

Man appears to have killed 9-year-old son

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 10, 2012 9:03 AM CST

(Newser) – Police are still sorting out what happened at a Florida RV park last night, after a standoff that left three people dead and two others badly hurt. Police got a call about a shooting at the park just before 6:30pm, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. When they arrived, they found a man lying outside an RV. But before they could get close, a man inside the RV said he had a woman hostage, and would kill her if they approached.

An hour later, a woman emerged unharmed, and said the suspect was inside with his wife and two sons. SWAT teams spent hours trying to contact him without success, until at around 1:30am they broke into the RV and found the suspect and a 9-year-old boy dead, and a woman and a 7-year-old boy badly hurt. The woman and boy were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The man lying outside the RV was also dead; police say he did not know the suspect.

When police arrived at the scene, one person was already dead.
When police arrived at the scene, one person was already dead.   (Shutterstock)
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