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Columbia police shoot man in standoff, suspect dies; CPD to hold press conference Thursday morning


The Columbia Police Department told ABC 17 News that a man who was the suspect of a standoff has died. Police said Wednesday night that they had shot the man.

The name of the man has not been released. The standoff occurred in the 4200 block of Clark Lane.

The department initially announced on Twitter that a suspect in a standoff sustained gunshot wounds and was taken to a local hospital.

"At approximately 1:15 p.m. today Columbia Police responded to a report of a disturbance with a weapon in the 4200 block of Clark Lane," CPD tweeted. "Upon arrival, officers encountered an adult male suspect armed with a firearm who barricaded himself in a residence."

Police said several resources, including the SWAT team were used. Police did not say what caused them to shoot the man.

Police claim a 28-year-old man had a weapon and barricaded himself in a trailer. There were allegedly no other people in the building.

CPD said it will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Thursday at Columbia City Hall.

“Initially we got here…(we) tried to make contact, communicate with him. It was on and off for several hours, trying to resolve it peacefully,” CPD Assistant Chief Jeremiah Hunter said. “He would come out and talk to us a little bit, angrily. That's when the decision was made to call out the SWAT team and our crisis negotiators.”

This story is developing.

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