08:49 GMT13 April 2021
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    Four children, after being held hostage for more than 15 hours in an apartment complex in Orlando, Florida have been found dead, local media reported, citing the police.

    The four children being held hostage were found dead, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The Orlando Police Department (OPD) said in a statement on Monday that four children were being held hostage after being kept for more than 15 hours in an apartment complex in Orlando, Florida, by an armed man identified as Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr.

    "Lindsey remains barricaded in the apartment with the four young hostages. They are 1, 6, 10 and 11 years old," the OPD had stated via Twitter.

    The hostage situation developed after officer Kevin Valencia responded to a domestic dispute call and was shot when trying to arrest Lindsey at the apartment complex on Sunday night, according to OPC Chief John Mina.

    The suspect, who was on probation for arson charges, had locked himself in the building and was not willing to negotiate with police.

    The OPD said officers had continued to urge Lindsey to release the children and to peacefully resolve the situation.


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