The Washington Post

Police: Alleged gang leader killed himself


The alleged leader of Baltimore’s violent Triple- C gang, who fled last week after being charged in a sweeping federal indictment, died Tuesday after a standoff with Georgia police, who said he took hostages and fired at officers before killing himself.

Federal prosecutor­s in Baltimore had charged Gary Creek, 39, with racketeeri­ng for being the alleged founder and leader of the CCC gang — which stands for “Cruddy Conniving Crutballs.” They accused Creek of committing a murder, and members of the gang with carrying out more than 40 killings and attempted murders.

He didn’t turn himself in as expected and instead went on the run, prompting authoritie­s Monday to offer a $10,000 reward for his capture.

U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Frank Lempka said Creek was tracked to an apartment in Sandy Springs, Ga., near Atlanta, and fired at officers who went to knock on the door. That was about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Sandy Springs police initially tweeted that they believed he was alone but later said they were treating it as a hostage situation.

Lempka told the Baltimore Sun that Creek was with his girlfriend and two children.

The police tweeted just before 4 p.m. Tuesday that three people had been released safely. Minutes later, they tweeted that the “suspect is deceased from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

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