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Police: Hostage situation leads to suicide

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - A dispute between an estranged Newport couple leaves one dead.

On Friday, the Newport Police Department was called to a home on Logan Street in reference to a man holding a woman hostage and a shot had been fired. Police could hear a man yelling when they arrived at the home.

According to Lt. Patrick Weatherford, officers broke down the door and found Jessica Pressler on the dining room floor. Jessica told police that Christopher Pressler, her estranged husband, had a gun and was in the bedroom.

Police called for Christopher to come out, but he would not respond.

With assistance from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and Arkansas State Police, officers set up a perimeter around the home. After inserting a "throw phone" through the window to negotiate with Christopher, police were able see inside the bedroom.

Christopher could be seen lying on the floor.

According to the report, he shot himself and was dead when officers entered the home.

Christopher was served with a restraining order on July 30, prohibiting him from having contact with his wife and being at the home.

He was arrested on Thursday, a day before the incident, for violating the order.      

His body has been sent to the state crime for autopsy. Jessica suffered from minor injuries.  

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