A five-hour hostage situation at an Amsterdam Apple Store came to end early Wednesday when law enforcement officers ran over the suspect with a police cruiser.
The standoff began Tuesday night when an unidentified 27-year-old, who was armed with a handgun and an automatic weapon, took over the store and demanded more than $226 million in cryptocurrencies in exchange for the hostage he'd taken, according to Police Chief Frank Paauw.
Following a lengthy standoff, the hostage made a break for it -- and the gunman followed. That's when police plowed into the man, effectively bringing the dangerous situation to an end. "The hostage played a sort of hero's role by, in that split second that he had, forcing a breakthrough in this situation," Paauw says. "Otherwise it could have been a very long and unpleasant night and maybe longer."
The hostage escaped without any injuries, while the gunman is now hospitalized in serious condition, Paauw says. Should police officers be allowed to run over suspects?