BERLIN (AP) — German police said Saturday that a man suspected of killing his mother and later taking two people hostage in the eastern city of Dresden has died.
Authorities had urged people to avoid an area of the city center and ordered the Dresden Christmas market to remain closed while the police operation to free the hostages was underway.
Police initially said they were communicating with the suspect before announcing shortly after noon that the hostage situation was over.
“The suspect died during the operation,” Dresden police later wrote on Twitter. “The 40-year-old suffered fatal injuries as … the hostages were freed.”
Dresden police did not immediately respond to requests for confirmation whether the man was killed by police or died of self-inflicted injuries.
Police also said the hostages were “apparently unharmed”.
The 40-year-old German was also suspected of killing his 62-year-old mother. Police had found the woman dead in another part of town early Saturday.
Radio Dresden reported that the man tried to enter a building where the broadcaster is based, near the city’s main train station. He allegedly fired several shots before fleeing, according to Radio Dresden.