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Gunman takes hostages at north La. bank

3 years 3 months 3 weeks ago August 13, 2013 Aug 13, 2013 Tuesday, August 13 2013 August 13, 2013 3:33 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

ST. JOSEPH - State police and authorities in Tensas Parish, La., say a gunman has taken at least three people hostage at a bank.

Jane Netterville with the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the hostages were two women and a man. When asked what she'd want to tell the gunman, Netterville asked him to let the hostages go.

"Just let them go," she said. "Don't harm anyone, whatever your situation is you're going to be better off if you let these hostages go."

The standoff started early Tuesday afternoon at the Tensas State Bank in St. Joseph, La., southeast of Monroe in the northeastern part of the state.

Louisiana State Police said the gunman was armed with some type of automatic weapon. Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson said an LSP negotiator was on the scene and the FBI had been called in.

State Police arrested someone at the scene after they said they broke through the police barrier to try and get to the bank. They did not release many details about the person, only saying they weren't related to the gunman.

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