Hostage Situation Resolved Peacefully in Little Rock

APRIL 28, 2006 - Posted at 11:20 a.m. CST, updated at 12:03 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A prisoner who held a Pulaski County sheriff's deputy hostage for a time at the county courthouse is in custody.  Authorities say they negotiated with 29-year-old Alonzo Gilliam for an hour before he gave up.

Gilliam was arrested after he held the female officer hostage in the basement of the courthouse.  Prisoners are held in the basement while they wait for court hearings.  Giliam allegedly used a "shank" as a weapon.

There were no injuries.  The name of the officer was not immediately released.

Gilliam had been in custody on charges including terroristic acts, possession of a firearm, and other charges.

SWAT team members were called in and the building was evacuated before Gilliam surrendered.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)