Armed man held 11 children, girlfriend in Georgia motel before stabbing self: police

DECATUR, Ga. -- A man armed with a knife held 11 children and his girlfriend inside a motel room for five hours before he stabbed himself in the neck Tuesday morning, ending a standoff with police, authorities said.

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No one else was injured.

Authorities had surrounded the motel and tried to negotiate with Korrie Thomas, 36, before a SWAT team eventually stormed the room and found him critically wounded, police said.

Thomas was taken to a hospital. He faces charges of false imprisonment and obstruction. Jail records did not list an attorney for him.

Police initially responded to the Rite4us Inn & Suites motel about 2 a.m. for a domestic assault. It was not immediately clear who made the call or what happened.

A woman and children ranging in age from 3 months to 17 years old were inside the room and Thomas would not allow anyone to leave, DeKalb County police Maj. Stephen Fore said in a statement. Fore said police haven't determined Thomas' relationship to the children, who all are related.

Details about the police negotiations with him were not released.

Decatur is about 10 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

Associated Press writer Jeff Martin in Atlanta contributed to this report.



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