Georgia SWAT team storms motel room to rescue woman and 11 children held hostage by man

Police said the man - who has not yet been identified - stabbed himself

Andrew Buncombe
New York
Tuesday 05 January 2016 13:49
The stand-off ended when police stormed the motel room
The stand-off ended when police stormed the motel room

A police SWAT team has stormed a motel room in Georgia where a man had been holding a woman and 11 children hostage.

The children, ages 3 months to 17 years old, and the woman were rescued unarmed, a reporter for WSB-TV said on Twitter. It was reported that the man stabbed himself.

The extent of his injuries are not known, but he was taken to a local hospital.

Their relationship between the woman, the man and the children - none of whom have yet been identified - was not immediately clear.

The man had barricaded himself with the woman and children in a room at a DeKalb County motel after a domestic dispute, said a police official.

Authorities became involved in the standoff after responding to a domestic dispute call from the woman at around 2 am.

An employee at the motel who answered the phone when contacted by NBC News early Tuesday declined to comment.

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