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Bladen County hostage suspect dies after being shot by officers

Posted November 22, 2019 2:19 p.m. EST
Updated November 23, 2019 8:55 a.m. EST

— The suspect in a Bladen County hostage situation died after being shot by law enforcement officers, officials said in a statement.

District Attorney Jon David said Lance Edward Smith was shot multiple times after a three-hour standoff. 

Authorities in Bladen County had converged on the area of Broad and Owen streets around 11 a.m. Friday for a domestic-related incident in which a man refused to let a woman leave a vehicle the two were in.

Bladen County hostage situation

Around 2 p.m. Smith let the woman go before firing a gun at the officers, authorities said. Officers returned fire.

Smith was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he died Friday night.

The State Bureau of Investigation will examine the officer-involved shooting.

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