Hostage situation with 11 kids, one woman ends

A standoff is underway at a DeKalb county motel where police say a man is holding one woman and at least 11 kids hostage.

UPDATE:The hostage situation ended when the suspect stabbed himself in the neck. He is being transported to the hospital in critical condition. The children and woman are safe.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A woman and 11 children are being held hostage at a motel on Snapfinger Woods Dr.

The stand off is underway after a domestic dispute call that came in around the two o'clock hour. The SWAT team is on the scene negotiating and authorities are hoping for a peaceful resolution. The children range from three months to 17 years. 

Major Tonya Dedrick with DeKalb Police Department said the woman inside made the 911 call but for unknown reasons.

"We do not know the reason for the domestic dispute," she said.

Photos from the crime scene

The motel is the Rite for us Inn and Suites, an extended stay motel, located at 4300 Snapfinger Woods Drive. The motel has been evacuated. 

Police said the safety of the children is their main concern.

DeKalb police chief said they do not believe anyone is injured.

Police are also working to find a way to get the other children who live there to school. Snapfinder Woods Dr. has been shut down so school buses cannot get through.

Stay with 11Alive for updates on this developing story.


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