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Police: Man holding daughter hostage killed by sharpshooter

A man who took his own daughter hostage in rural Thurston County has been shot and killed by police, according to the Thurston County Sheriff's office.

THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. -- A man who took his own daughter hostage in rural Thurston County has been shot and killed by police, according to the Thurston County Sheriff's office.

The Thurston County Sheriff's Office and Firefighters initially responded to the 8400 block of 49th Loop SE in East Olympia around 6:00 Sunday night for reports of a stabbing.

When crews arrived, a man in his 20's came out of the house and appeared to have injuries from a stab wound. He told medic personnel his cousin attacked him, according to the Thurston County Sheriff. The man was transported to Saint Peter's Hospital in Olympia where the hospital said he was treated and released Monday.

The Thurston County Sheriff said after allegedly stabbing his cousin, the suspect - armed with a knife - took his own 3-year old daughter hostage. He barricaded himself in a bedroom with her and began using her as a human shield.

Neighbors could hear as negotiators tried to talk him out. David McNally, "And they were saying 'Jesse drop the knife' and they said 'Jesse, let the girl go.' because he was holding his own 3-year-old daughter up as a shield."

SWAT felt the girls life was in danger, so a sharpshooter fired one shot and killed the suspect. Neighbor Ellen Rush said the marksman was in her backyard. Rush, "Where the SWAT man was sitting up on the perch and he shot through the back window and got him."

A team immediately entered the house and rescued the 3-year old girl. She was unhurt.

Chief Deputy Dave Pearsall, Thurston County Sheriff's Office, "Our paramount concern was for the safety of this girl. And we needed to get her out of that house, so the marksman did what he needed to do."

McNally, "I think it was a warranted shot that they took because if he's willing to hold his own daughter for a shield like that he could do anything."

The suspect died at the scene. The standoff lasted approximately three hours.

The stabbing victim's parents were also inside the house, but were removed safely by law enforcement. The little girl was placed with her mother. The marksman, a Yelm police officer, is on paid administrative leave which the sheriff's office calls routine in these matters.

The father and daughter had just moved from Florida to stay here with relatives. Detective say those family members told them drug use may be to blame.

This is a developing story and we will continue to bring you the latest information as we get it.

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