Police: Gunman kills self after office hostage-taking

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EUCLID, Ohio (AP) – A gunman burst into a medical building and held his ex-girlfriend hostage before fatally shooting himself in the head, police said. No one else was hurt.

Police Capt. Dave Brooks said the man apparently was determined to force a reconciliation with his ex-girlfriend. Brooks said he had a history of abusive treatment toward the woman, whose name was withheld until she could be reunited with relatives.

The man was identified by the coroner as Timothy Baker, 28, of Cleveland.

Baker entered the office where the woman works and briefly held her co-workers hostage. At one point, chiropractor Jim Cooper tried to disarm Baker but the gunman was able to control the weapon, Brooks said.

Baker eventually ordered his ex-girlfriend’s co-workers to leave.

A hostage negotiator talked by phone with Baker for nearly an hour before he shot himself in the head, Brooks said.

Cooper told WOIO-TV that the woman had obtained a court order last week to keep Baker away from her. “He has hurt her in the past,” Cooper said.


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