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Rocky Mount standoff over; suspect taken to hospital

Posted June 10, 2010 7:36 a.m. EDT
Updated June 10, 2010 10:46 p.m. EDT

— An 11-hour police standoff outside a home in Rocky Mount ended just after 5 p.m. Thursday.

The standoff started around 6 a.m. when the U.S. Marshals Service attempted to serve a warrant on Robert Looney, at 717 Kinchen Drive. He barricaded himself in the home with his girlfriend.

Looney is a suspect in a Baltimore homicide, according to police and WBFF-TV FOX45 Baltimore.

Just after 5 p.m., a WRAL News crew on the scene heard multiple shots fired. Law enforcement and paramedics gathered near the home.

Authorities said the gunman allowed his hostage to leave the house, and he followed her outside. Looney was shot and transported by ambulance to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, authorities said.

Police did not release the name of the woman, but said she was not hurt in the standoff. In an interview with WRAL News, the owner of the house, Christee McNeil, identified the woman as Flora Greene.

Greene was living in the home with her cousin's family – a mother, father and four children, McNeil said.

"I'm shocked because they just moved in," she said.

It is unclear how many children were at home when Looney arrived. McNeil said the children did get out safely. The parents were not home.

McNeil said Greene is originally from Maryland, which is how she knows Looney.

A FOX45 spokeswoman said Looney called their station from inside the Rocky Mount house four times Thursday morning and that he did something similar in 2007 when he barricaded himself in a West Baltimore home.

He was sentenced to five years in prison in that case and served two years, according to FOX45.