Suspect dies, hostage safe after Kent apartment standoff

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KENT, Ohio– Police and the Metro SWAT team were on the scene of a hostage situation in Kent for much of Sunday.

Lt. Mike Lewis of the Kent Police Department told FOX 8 a male suspect barricaded the door and took a woman hostage in the laundry room at the Villages of Franklin Crossing apartment complex.

The complex is on Silver Meadows Boulevard in Kent.

The situation began around 12:30 p.m. Sunday and authorities tried to negotiate with the suspect. At about 9 p.m., the standoff ended.

Lewis said the suspect was deceased and the hostage was taken to an area hospital. She was not injured.

Police did not say how the man died.

Complex No. 5 was evacuated and, according to police, Kent fire officials and the Red Cross assisted the displaced residents.

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