Negotiators in 'constant contact' to try to end Harvey standoff, free remaining hostages

HARVEY, Ill. (AP) — Law enforcement officials are continuing to negotiate with at least one hostage-taker for the release of two children and two adults he is still holding inside a house in the southern Chicago suburb of Harvey.

The standoff began at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday when Harvey police responded to reports from a neighbor of a possible burglary at the home. Two officers were wounded in an initial exchange of gunfire.

Four children were released after hours of talks.

In an update Wednesday morning, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said negotiations have been going on "literally all night" and that the hostage-taker and a possible second suspect have been assured that they will not be hurt if they cooperate.

He says the four remaining hostages appear to be unharmed.

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APPHOTO ILMG105: Police stand watch as authorities negotiate with two men who are barricaded in a home and holding a woman and five children hostage in the Harvey, Ill., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, south of Chicago. Officials say two Harvey police officers were wounded by gunfire Tuesday afternoon in the incident after responding to a call about a burglary. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) (19 Aug 2014)

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APPHOTO ILMG104: Police swarm a neighborhod as authorities negotiate with two men who are barricaded in a home and holding a woman and five children hostage in Harvey, Ill., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, south of Chicago. Officials say two Harvey police officers were wounded by gunfire Tuesday afternoon in the incident after responding to a call about a burglary. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) (19 Aug 2014)

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APPHOTO ILMG101: Police don body armor as authorities negotiate with two men who are barricaded in a home and holding a woman and five children hostage in the south suburb of Harvey, Ill., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, south of Chicago. Officials say two Harvey police officers were wounded by gunfire Tuesday afternoon in the incident after responding to a call about a burglary. City spokesman Sean Howard said Darnell Keel, an 18-year veteran of the police force, is in stable condition at a hospital with a broken arm after an exchange of gunfire. A second officer suffered a graze wound to an arm. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) (19 Aug 2014)

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