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Police: Hostage situation leads to suicide

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

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

According to Lt. PatrickWeatherford, officers broke down the door and found Jessica Pressler on thedining room floor. Jessica told police that Christopher Pressler, her estrangedhusband, had a gun and was in the bedroom.

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

With assistance from the JacksonCounty Sheriff's Department and Arkansas State Police, officers set up a perimeteraround the home. After inserting a "throw phone" through the window tonegotiate with Christopher, police were able see inside the bedroom.

Christopher could be seen lyingon the floor.

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

Christopher was served with arestraining order on July 30, prohibiting him from having contact with his wifeand being at the home.

He was arrested on Thursday, aday before the incident, for violating theorder.      

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

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