Dyersburg Hostage Situation Ends in Death, Bloodshed

September 18, 2003 - Posted at: 9:09 a.m. CDT

DYERSBURG, Tenn. -- A gunman in Dyersburg held at least a dozen people hostage in a classroom Wednesday afternoon before he was shot and killed by police after a nine hour stand-off.

Police rushed into the building at Dyersburg State Community College around ten o'clock last night after hearing gun shots.

Authorities say the gunman identified as 26-year-old Harold Kilpatrick, Jr. had left a note saying he "wanted to kill some people and die today."

Dyersburg Police Chief Bobby Williamson said that officers shot Kilpatrick.

Police spokeswoman Lisa McDowell said the wounded hostages were airlifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.

The gunman was believed to have held the hostages with a pistol and what looked like a butcher knife.

Police say he made no demands, aside from food and drink, during the standoff.

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