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Police Shoot Man, Woman Freed

August 23, 1986

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Two police officers fatally shot an armed man who had allegedly held a Maryland woman hostage for more than 12 hours and forced her to drive all night at gunpoint, officials said.

The man, who police said was armed with a shotgun, was shot in the chest several times behind a liquor store where the woman was hiding in a walk-in cooler, said District of Columbia police spokesman Quintin Peterson.

The woman, identified as Agatha Colby, 24, of Charles County, Md., was freed unharmed. She knew the armed man, police said.

Liquor store owner Michael Kim said he hid her in the cooler and telephoned police after she told him an armed man was chasing her and had ordered her to buy him some beer.

Kim said the man came in to get her.

″He kept saying he wanted the girl,″ said Kim. ″I was scared he might start shooting in the store.″

Kim told him the women had gone out the back door.

The man left and police fouund him in the rear parking lot a few minutes later.

Sgt. Richard Getz and Officer Raymond McCloskey ordered him to drop his shotgun, said Peterson.

″At this time the man turned a shotgun at the officers, who were then forced to fire, striking the subject in the chest,″ a police statement said.

The man, whose identity was not released pending notification of relatives, was shot several times and pronounced dead at a hospital, Peterson said.

As is customary in all police shootings, Getz and McCloskey were placed on administrative leave pending a grand jury investigation, Peterson said.

The incident began Friday evening when the man accompanying Colby on a visit to see friends in Accokeek, Md., produced a shotgun and forced her into her car. He forced her to drive all night through Maryland, Virginia and the District, arriving at the liquor store around noon, Peterson said.

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