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US hostage drama

A man accused of killing a police officer holds nine hostages near a university in the southern US state of Georgia.

A man accused of killing a police officer surrendered to authorities late on Friday after freeing all the hostages he had been holding near a university in the southern US state of Georgia, officials said.

Jamie Hood emerged shirtless from an apartment where he had been holed up in handcuffs.

Five people, who were hostages, came out of the apartment before heavily armed police went in and brought out Hood, who had been communicating with police throughout the day.

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Hood requested live media presence before he surrendered, fearing he would be gunned down by police.

Hood, 33, is the suspect in the Tuesday shooting death of Athens-Clarke County officer Elmer ‘‘Buddy’’ Christian, who was responding to the report of a car-jacking by Hood and accomplices.

Witnesses described how Hood ran across a parking lot toward a police car when it pulled into a parking lot near the University of Georgia campus and fired point-blank shots into Christian’s car.

Hood ran to another police car as it pulled on to the scene and fired two shots at close range at officer Tony Howard, who was wounded in the face.

Howard is expected to recover from his wounds.

There is a funeral scheduled for Sunday for Christian, 34, who was the father of two small children.

Police had assured Hood on live television he would not be harmed once he surrendered.

Hood’s mother had also pleaded for him to surrender.

Hood freed four people from the apartment around 8.00pm (1100 AEDT Saturday). Five others came out just before he surrendered.

Hood spent 11 years in prison for holding up a pizza delivery man. He got $3 in that robbery.

AFP

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