Police: Motel Standoff Where 11 Children Held Hostage Ends With Suspect Stabbing Himself

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Police say a Tuesday morning standoff at a motel outside Atlanta has ended with the suspect stabbing himself but no one else injured.

Image source: WSB-TV
Image source: WSB-TV

Authorities had surrounded the motel as the man refused to leave a room, prompting concerns about the safety of several children inside the building.

According to the DeKalb County Police Department’s Twitter account, the suspect was being brought to a hospital and everyone else involved is safe.

DeKalb County Police Major Tonya Dedrick told that up to 11 children and two adults were inside the room when the situation began around 2 a.m. Tuesday. The children ranged in ages from 3-months-old and 17-years-old, WSB-TV reported.

DeKalb County interim Police Chief James Conroy said the man was armed with a knife and refusing to let the other people leave the room.

A SWAT team had been called to the Rite4us Inn & Suites motel near in the Decatur area, about 10 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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