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All hostages freed in overnight Chicago-area standoff

All hostages freed in overnight Chicago-area standoff

HOSTAGE STANDOFF: Police don body armor as authorities negotiate with two men who are barricaded in a home and holding a woman and five children hostage in the south suburb of Harvey, Ill., Tuesday, Aug. 19, south of Chicago. Officials say two Harvey police officers were wounded by gunfire Tuesday afternoon in the incident after responding to a call about a burglary. City spokesman Sean Howard said Darnell Keel, an 18-year veteran of the police force, is in stable condition at a hospital with a broken arm after an exchange of gunfire. A second officer suffered a graze wound to an arm. Photo: Associated Press/M. Spencer Green

HARVEY, Ill. (AP) — Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says the last four hostages have been released unharmed to end a standoff with two armed men in a southern Chicago suburb.

Dart says the two adults and two children still being held were freed Wednesday morning without a shot being fired. He says two suspects have been arrested.

The standoff began about 21 hours earlier when police in the small city responded to a neighbor’s report of a possible burglary at the home.

Negotiators worked late into the night in an effort to persuade two men barricaded in a home in the southern Chicago suburb of Harvey to end their standoff with police and release the last of six children and two adults they took hostage.

Four of the children had been released after hours of talks between the suspects and hostage negotiators.

Authorities say the two men took the captives after Harvey police responded to a call of a burglary in progress at a home about 12:50 p.m. Tuesday. There was an exchange of gunfire that left two officers wounded.

Harvey spokesman Sean Howard said after the shooting, the two suspects ran into a nearby home, where they barricaded themselves.

Officers, including a SWAT team, surrounded the home and the entire block of homes was evacuated, affecting about 100 residents, Howard said. A nearby middle school was evacuated, but only staff members were in the building.

Officer Darnell Keel, an 18-year veteran of the police force, was in stable condition at a hospital with a broken arm after the exchange of gunfire and will have surgery, Howard said. A second officer suffered a graze wound to an arm.

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