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PT Officer “acting erratically” Takes Colleague Hostage, Finally Shoots Self to Death

David Midas, 33, worked part-time for the Lansford, Pa. police department. He’d been with them for 11 years. Late Friday, another officer described Midas as “acting erratically,” according to the Morning Call. He said Midas came into the police station and left with ammunition and a car. He took another officer, identified as Chris Ondrus, hostage and went on a wild car ride.

Midas drove from Lansford, which is about 90 miles northwest of Philadelphia into Jim Thorpe, which is about ten miles away in Carbon County.

State police say Midas was driving along Broadway in the middle of downtown Jim Thorpe, when the two officers got into a struggle.

During that fight, Midas shot himself in the head, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Initially, police had said Midas was shot by Ondrus.

Officer Kills Himself After Taking Another Officer Hostage. NBC 10 Philadelphia, 10/26/2013.

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