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Father Shot Dead by Cops While Holding Adult Son Hostage

A tense hostage situation in Western North Carolina ended Saturday morning when Catawba County deputies shot and killed a man holding his adult son at gunpoint inside an SUV.

A 911 call at about 6: 30 a.m. brought deputies to the scene in a small subdivision in the Mountain View community, about five miles south of Hickory, WSOC reported.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s SWAT team tried repeatedly to negotiate the man’s surrender as he threatened to shoot his son. Just over an hour after arriving, at 7:45 a.m., deputies shot the unnamed man.

“The hostage life was in danger,” said Caption Aaron Turk with the sheriff’s office. “We took action that we felt was necessary to save the hostage and bring the situation to an end.”

Turk said the man’s sun was not injured.

North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation will handled the investigation of the shooting, police said.

Investigators have not released the name of the suspect or the victim or revealed what might have led up to the hostage situation.

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