UPS Hostage Taker Is Dead

But 2 female hostages were unharmed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 14, 2019 2:55 PM CST
Armed Man Takes 2 Women Hostage at UPS Facility
A New Jersey State Police helicopter prepares to land as officials respond to reports of an active shooter at a UPS facility Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 in Logan Township, N.J.   (Joe Lamberti/Camden Courier-Post via AP)

An armed man who entered a UPS processing facility Monday morning and held two women hostage for several hours was shot and killed by police as he left the building with the women, authorities said. Several officers fired at William Owens, 39, of Sicklerville, New Jersey, the state Attorney General's Office says in a news release that does not detail the situation or explain why the suspect was shot, the AP reports. Owens had entered the business at about 8:45am and fired shots, which did not strike anyone, before taking the women to a room and barricading himself inside with them, authorities say. Officials believe that Owens had a prior relationship with one of the hostages, Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore says.

The women escaped without serious injuries after the standoff in Logan Township, about 20 miles south of Philadelphia, per Fiore. "Multiple members of law enforcement fired at the man, who was armed with a handgun. He was pronounced dead at the scene," the news release said. Earlier in the day, Fiore said the suspect had been taken to a hospital after being shot but that his condition was not known. "I heard one of my fellow employees say, 'Run, he's got a gun,' then I heard the little pop of the gun, I guess, and we all ran and law enforcement took over," says employee Allen Anthony Dowling. Police evacuated the building and blocked access to the busy industrial park, and nearby schools were put on a modified lockdown. Hostage negotiators talked to the suspect by phone as he held the women captive. Television news footage showed officers crouched behind a vehicle behind the building's loading dock at the time.
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