Woman, 11 chil­dren, girl­friend safe af­ter ho­tel stand­off

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

DE­CATUR, Ga. — A man armed with a knife held 11 chil­dren and his girl­friend in­side a mo­tel room for five hours be­fore he stabbed him­self in the neck Tues­day morn­ing, end­ing a stand­off with po­lice, au­thor­i­ties said. No one else was in­jured. Au­thor­i­ties had sur­rounded the mo­tel and tried to ne­go­ti­ate with Kor­rie Thomas, 36, be­fore a SWAT team even­tu­ally stormed the room and found him crit­i­cally wounded, po­lice said. Thomas was taken to a hos­pi­tal. He faces charges of false im­pris­on­ment and ob­struc­tion. Jail records did not list an at­tor­ney for him. Po­lice ini­tially re­sponded to the Rite4us Inn & Suites mo­tel about 2 a.m. for a do­mes­tic as­sault. It was not im­me­di­ately clear who made the call or what hap­pened. A woman and chil­dren rang­ing in age from 3 months to 17 years old were in­side the room and Thomas would not al­low any­one to leave, DeKalb County po­lice Maj. Stephen Fore said in a state­ment. Fore said po­lice haven’t de­ter­mined Thomas’ re­la­tion­ship to the chil­dren, who all are re­lated.

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