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Tallahassee Police Officer Kills Armed Suspect After Hostage Situation

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Tallahassee police appear at a news conference to provide details of Thursday night's shooting.

Tallahassee police were involved in a fatal shooting Thursday night.

TPD Chief Lawrence Revell says a suspect who was holding hostages pointed a handgun at an officer, prompting the officer to shoot the suspect multiple times.

“Unfortunately, there are circumstances when people make choices which force officers to make very tough split-second decisions," Revell said, adding that body camera footage will be released once confidential footage is redacted. "But any loss of life is a loss for our entire community.”

Just after 11 pm, officers stopped to check on a vehicle parked in a driveway at an Ocala Road apartment complex. The driver got out to talk to the police. Then a male passenger took off with a woman and child in the vehicle -- hitting a second officer who arrived to assist. Revell says that the officer was treated for minor injuries.

The vehicle was found on Valencia Drive, where an individual reported someone holding hostages inside an apartment. Investigators say the suspect was shot after he jumped out of a second-story window and pointed a gun at the police.

The suspect’s name has not been released, and no one else was hurt.

Due to the victims' rights amendment known as Marsy’s Law, police will not reveal any identifying information about the officer who shot the suspect.

Gina Jordan is the host of Morning Edition for WFSU News. Gina is a Tallahassee native and graduate of Florida State University. She spent 15 years working in news/talk and country radio in Orlando before becoming a reporter and All Things Considered host for WFSU in 2008. Follow Gina: @hearyourthought on Twitter. Click below for Gina's full bio.