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Mar 28, 2014 6:24 PM by AP

Police: Man booked after death of woman hostage

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Houma Police say a Thibodaux man, out on bond for simple robbery, allegedly shot a 22-year-old woman during a hostage-taking that also involved her 1-year-old son. The woman later died.

Police tell The Courier 22-year-old Skylleur Hayes was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder about 3½ hours after the standoff began Friday at a public housing complex apartment.

Hayes was hiding in the apartment's attic. Authorities say officers used tear gas before charging in to subdue him.

Officers had responded to a 911 call Friday morning. Gunfire was heard inside the apartment just before noon. When officers entered the apartment, they found the woman, who was believed to have had a relationship with Hayes, with a gunshot wound to the head. Her name has not been released.

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