Hostage Situation Resolved Peacefully at Newport Church

July 30, 2006 - Posted at 10:44 p.m. CDT, updated at 7:30 a.m. on 7/31

Newport, AR - There was a hostage situation that took place Sunday night at the Pentacostal Church of God in Newport. The tense situation has been resolved peacefully.

44-year-old Tammy Estes, wife of pastor Larry Estes, was inside the church building with up to 60 members of the church's congregation when she stood up with a gun around 7 p.m. Sources say Estes was reacting to allegations of a possible affair involving her husband.

Most of the congregation left the building, but 10 people stayed behind to try and calm Estes down. Later when the situation escalated, those 10 ten people became hostages.

Tammy Estes surrendered to authorities approximately two hours later, without further incident.

Newport Police, Arkansas State Police and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department responded to the situation. There are no reports of any injuries during the stand-off.