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Man suspected of murder in Ohio killed by West Virginia police during standoff

CEREDO, WV (AP) — A man suspected of murder in Ohio and multiple carjackings in Kentucky was killed by West Virginia police in a standoff outside a gas station where he was holding three hostages.

The multi-state search for 54-year-old David Maynard ended late Saturday night at a Speedway in a West Virginia city on the Ohio River. That’s where a sergeant stopped and recognized the man standing behind the counter as the suspect who had eluded troopers until then, according to a West Virginia State Police release.

Maynard pointed his gun at the sergeant and a state police special response team responded with local law enforcement, the release said. Police say a negotiator successfully freed two hostages before Maynard requested a blanket be placed at the door for the third hostage.

Officers fired shots after Maynard “exited the door and engaged members of the State Police Special Response Team,” the news release said. West Virginia State Police told The Associated Press they could not release more information Sunday.

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Maynard, of Ironton, Ohio, died of his injuries at a nearby hospital. Police say the third hostage was safely secured and no officers were injured.

The manhunt began Friday when Ironton police responding to a shot fired found a 29-year-old woman tied up with cords and found Maynard’s 78-year-old stepfather dead, according to WSAZ. Along the way, officials say Maynard kidnapped two women at different points in Kentucky — one of whom freed herself and called 911 after reaching safety — and stole both of their cars.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: David Maynard killed by West Virginia police during standoff

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