Official: 3 of 6 child hostages freed in Harvey


HARVEY, Ill. (AP) — Authorities now say three children and an adult are still being held hostage by two men who barricaded themselves in a house in the southern Chicago suburb of Harvey.

Initially, Harvey police said five children and one adult were taken captive by suspects after police disrupted a burglary Tuesday. Three of the children were released after hours of talks between the suspects and hostage negotiators.

However, Harvey spokesman Sean Howard says questioning by police of one of the children released revealed there were actually six children being held captive.

Howard would not say whether the suspects know the hostages or whether the hostages are related.

Two police officers were wounded in an exchange of gunfire with a suspect. One was hospitalized and the other was treated for a graze wound.

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