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Police: Officer kills man to end Tulsa hostage situation

November 4, 2021 GMT
Tulsa Police investigate a shooting outside the QuikTrip near East 31st and South Sheridan Road in Tulsa, Okla., Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. A Tulsa Police officer shot and killed a man who was holding another hostage in midtown on Thursday. (Stephen Pingry/Tulsa World via AP)
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Tulsa Police investigate a shooting outside the QuikTrip near East 31st and South Sheridan Road in Tulsa, Okla., Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. A Tulsa Police officer shot and killed a man who was holding another hostage in midtown on Thursday. (Stephen Pingry/Tulsa World via AP)
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Tulsa Police investigate a shooting outside the QuikTrip near East 31st and South Sheridan Road in Tulsa, Okla., Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. A Tulsa Police officer shot and killed a man who was holding another hostage in midtown on Thursday. (Stephen Pingry/Tulsa World via AP)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A police officer shot and killed a man who had taken a hostage during a confrontation outside a Tulsa convenience store Thursday, officials said.

The knife-wielding, apparently suicidal 36-year-old man had grown agitated inside the store about 12:30 p.m. and cut himself, Police Capt. Richard Meulenberg said.

Officers encountered the man inside the store and followed him outside and across the busy parking lot, working to de-escalate the situation. The man then grabbed and held his knife to the throat of a passing bicyclist, prompting an officer to shoot him, Meulenberg said.

The hostage was uninjured.