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Fugitives From Michigan Holed Up

December 11, 1998

ERIE, Pa. (AP) _ Two fugitives in the slaying of a Detroit policeman holed up early today in a house, authorities said.

The men were not believed to be holding hostages, said Bill Crowley, an FBI spokesman in Pittsburgh. Some women and children were allowed to leave the house, which was surrounded by 50 law officers.

Police in Detroit had been tipped off that Montez Moore, 26, and James Langford 24, were in the house, said Charles Wilson, an assistant police chief in Detroit. He wouldn’t elaborate.

Moore and Langford, the son of a retired Detroit policewoman and the suspected triggerman in Saturday’s shooting of the officer, were the only suspects not yet arrested in the slaying, Wilson said.

Officer Shawn Bandy, 23, was killed late Saturday when officers pursued a report of a kidnapping that led them to look for a white van. When a van fitting the description was spotted, a chase began and shots from an rifle were fired from the van at two police cars.

Bandy, 23, and Officer Lloyd Todd, 34, were shot in the face. Bandy died Sunday. Todd is hospitalized in critical condition. A third officer suffered minor injuries.

Moore, Langford and three other men were each charged with murder, assault, armed robbery, extortion and kidnapping, said Richard Padzieski, operations chief for the Wayne County, Mich., prosecutor’s office. Each faces mandatory life sentences if convicted.

Charges against two other men were dismissed.

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