Gunman in Paris post office hostage situation in custody

(Courtesy: @ABachelay)

PARIS (NBC NEWS) — Two hostages were held for more than an hour at a post office in Paris Friday before the gunman surrendered to police, officials said. Authorities said the incident was not linked to terrorism.

The standoff began just before 1 p.m. local time (6 a.m. ET). The Interior Ministry confirmed at about 2:30 p.m. that the incident was over and the alleged hostage-taker was in custody.

A BRI tactical response unit had been sent to help officers at the scene in Petit-Colombes, near the business zone of La Defense.

French television channel BFM said the suspect was armed and had contacted police himself.

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