Suspect killed in suburban Denver standoff had criminal record, police say; boy rescued unhurt

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Police stand outside a home during a hostage situation on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 3014 in Arvada, Colo. Police say a 13-year-old boy who was held hostage for nearly 18 hours in the suburban Denver home was rescued unharmed after police shot his captor. Arvada police Chief Don Wick says the man was shot after he went to the front door late Tuesday morning to retrieve unspecified items left by police negotiators. The SWAT officers immediately rescued the boy. The suspect's name and condition weren't immediately known. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, RJ Sangosti) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT

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By P. SOLOMON BANDA, Associated Press

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say the man who was shot to death by suburban Denver police after holding a 13-year-old boy hostage for nearly 18 hours had a criminal record and was wanted for a parole violation.

Police say officers fatally shot 34-year-old Don Pooley on Tuesday when he went to the door of the house he was barricaded in to retrieve unspecified items left by negotiators.

Members of a SWAT team immediately rescued the boy. A Denver Post photo shows an officer carrying the teen away in a bear hug.

Authorities say the standoff began after police responded to a report of a domestic dispute involving Pooley at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Police say Pooley fled the home, forced his way into another home and took hostage the 13-year-old who was in the home alone.

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