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Three Hostages, Suspect Dead After Daylong Standoff At Veterans Home

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NAPA COUNTY, CA (ABC NEWS)-  Three hostages and a suspect are dead after a daylong standoff at a veterans home in Napa County, California, police said.

 

Assistant Chief Chris Childs of the California Highway Patrol said the siege, which began Friday morning, ended around 6 p.m. when law enforcement made their way into a room where the hostage were being held and found four bodies: three women and the male suspect.

 

“Shortly before 6 p.m. law enforcement personnel made entry into the room where we felt the hostages were being held, and unfortunately made the discovery of one three deceased females and one deceased male suspect,” Childs said at a Friday evening press briefing. “This is a tragic piece of news — one that we were really hoping we wouldn’t have to come before the public to give.”

 

Napa County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office has identified the gunman — Albert Wong, 36 — and the three female hostages: Christine Loeber, 48; Jennifer Golick, 42; and Jennifer Gonzales, 29.

 

Wong, of Sacramento, was a former member of the Pathway Home program at the veterans facility, officials said. The Associated Press reported Wong was a former Army infantryman.

 

Loeber was the executive director of the program, Golick the clinical director, and Gonzales a psychologist, county officials said.

 

In a statement obtained by ABC station KGO, the Pathway Home said the three hostages were “brave” and “accomplished.”

 

“These brave women were accomplished professionals who dedicated their careers to serving our nation’s veterans and working closely with those in the greatest need of attention after deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan,” the statement says. “All of us at The Pathway Home are devastated by today’s events. We stand with the families, friends, and colleagues who share in this terrible loss.”

 

After the bodies were discovered, Childs said the crime scene was still active and there was a lot of work still to be done.

 

Officials said there was no threat to public safety; bomb-sniffing dogs found no explosives in the suspect’s car — only a cell phone.

 

Napa County Sheriff John Robertson said earlier that officials do know the identity of the suspect but did not release it publicly.

 

“I don’t have any idea what his motivation is,” he said.




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