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A woman walking in an Independence Heights neighborhood was snatched and taken to a backyard where she was held hostage by an armed gunman who had just led officers on a chase in a stolen U-Haul.


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The man barricaded himself and the hostage at East 32nd and Omega streets just before 9 p.m. Monday in a vehicle in a backyard.

As authorities worked to clear the area, they negotiated with the man, who in turn, shot at them.

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He eventually released the woman and then shot himself; he was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died.

A hostage situation in north Houston ends after a U-Haul chase and a gunfire standoff Screen shot from ABC 13 video
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