UPS Hostage Situation

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Suspect Shot, Killed During Hostage Situation At New Jersey UPS Facility

January 14, 2019 - 2:21 pm
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LOGAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (WCBS 880/AP) — A suspect was shot and killed and two workers were freed Monday following a hostage situation at a UPS facility in New Jersey.

Authorities responded to a call about what was initially described as active shooter situation at the UPS Mail Innovations in the 200 block of Birch Creek Road in Logan Township about 20 miles south of Philadelphia at around 9 a.m.

A SWAT intervention was initiated and ended when 39-year-old William Owens was fatally shot.

Police said the two female employees taken hostage were safe after the standoff, which lasted just over three hours.

Allen Anthony Dowling, an employee at the facility, tells The Associated Press he heard a fellow worker say someone had a gun. Dowling says he then heard what he thought was a gunshot and began to run along with other employees.

It's unclear what Owens' motive was, but a source from inside the facility told KYW Newsradio that the alleged ex-boyfriend of a female employee was holding her and another woman hostage. 

Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore originally said the suspect was shot and injured.

UPS said on Twitter that it's working with law enforcement as they respond. 

Schools in the area were put on a modified lockdown.

The NYPD said it is also monitoring the situation.

(© 2019 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report)