By Associated Press - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) - A King County sheriff’s spokesman says a nine-hour standoff with an armed man in the North Bend, Washington, area has ended after a female hostage was released and the man surrendered, accidentally shooting himself in the chest as he did so.

Sgt. B.J. Myers said the 41-year-old man stumbled as he left the house Tuesday evening, and his gun discharged. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with non-life-threatening injuries. Myers said the man would be booked into the King County Jail after his release from the hospital.

The standoff began after a 911 caller reported that a man had a gun aimed at a woman’s head in a house in the Wilderness Rim area outside North Bend. SWAT teams responded.

Negotiators persuaded the man to let the 39-year-old woman leave the house safely at about 5:30 p.m.

The man agreed to surrender after noise and gas charges were launched into the house.



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