Sep 27, 2006 5:29 pm US/Mountain
Gunman Dies, Student Hurt In Bailey Standoff
Incident At Platte Canyon High School Shocks Mountain Town
Slideshow: Images Of The Hostage Situation
A female student was airlifted in critical condition following a hostage situation that appeared to be over by 4 p.m. Wednesday. According to authorities, an armed gunman entered Platte Canyon High School, fired shots and reportedly took six hostages at the start of the standoff around noon and released four of them through the afternoon.
The man started talking to negotiators and gave them a deadline of 4 p.m. He ceased talking to officers at that time. Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener said said a tactical solution needed to be made at that time in an effort to save the two hostages.
The SWAT team than entered the school. One of the female hostages was shot and transported to St. Anthony's Central Hospital and the other hostage appeared to have no injuries and walked out of the school on her own.
Initial reports indicated that the suspect shot himself and died as a result of his injury, but the circumstances were still somewhat unclear.
The two female hostages were students at the high school, according to Jacki Kelley, a spokesperson for Jefferson County Sheriff's Office who was releasing information on the scene in Park County.
After the gunman entered the school, Platte Canyon High students were moved to the adjoining Fitzsimmons Middle School and that school was placed on lockdown. At about 2 p.m., authorities bussed students to Deer Creek Elementary.
There was no information about the gunman and any relation he may have to the school or the students who were taken hostage, although Wegener said he knew the people who were involved.
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