All 7 Hostages Free, Safe in 20-Hour Chicago Ordeal

2 suspects arrested; officers treated for wounds
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2014 6:24 AM CDT
Updated Aug 20, 2014 9:58 AM CDT
Kids Held Hostage After 2 Chicago-Area Cops Shot
Police direct children away from the neighborhood where authorities are negotiating with two men who are barricaded in a home, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

All of the hostages who were being held at a home near Chicago in a standoff that started early yesterday afternoon have been rescued, NBC Chicago reports. Four children had been released last night, and the two remaining children and an adult woman were found safe this morning after police broke down a door and arrested two suspects. Police initially arrived yesterday after a reported break-in, and "an exchange of gunfire" occurred shortly afterward, says a city spokesman.

Two police officers were injured by gunshots, the Chicago Tribune reports. One was treated after being grazed on the arm; the other was hit in the elbow, hospitalized, and released with surgery planned for today, the Tribune and NBC Chicago report. Normally, "this really is a peaceful block. It's pretty much seniors," says a neighbor. (More hostage stories.)

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