- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - A man suspected of kidnapping his former girlfriend has been found dead after an hours-long standoff with police at a Southern California motel.

Police say 27-year-old Timothy Thomas of Los Angeles was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at around 3 p.m. Thursday in the bathroom of a motel in suburban Torrance.

Police say Thomas forced his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend into a car at gunpoint at around 3:30 a.m. in Redondo Beach.

She was found safe at the Super 8 motel about two hours later.

Authorities surrounded the motel, where Thomas had rented a room, and evacuated other guests during the 10-hour siege.

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