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Texas Hostage Standoff Ends in 2 Deaths at Austin Doctor’s Office

Two people were found dead in a doctor’s office in Austin, Texas on Tuesday night following a hostage situation that ended after more than five hours, according to police and local media.

It is not immediately clear how many people were held hostage or who took them hostage. According to local reports, a doctor appears to have been one of the hostages.

Police said the standoff began on Tuesday afternoon, when they were told a man with a gun was inside the central Austin doctor’s office, the chain reported. KSAT television. Members of the SWAT team were seen on a nearby street negotiating with the gunman through a megaphone, according to reporters at the scene.

Moments after police announced they were sending a robot, Jody barr, a reporter for KXAN television, wrote on Twitter that he heard “loud explosions” and what sounded like gunshots in the building.

“Silence since,” he added.

Austin police later said on twitter that the “SWAT situation” was over. He said two people were pronounced dead at the site.

Police said their homicide unit would provide more information on Wednesday morning.

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