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Downtown standoff tied to overnight hostage situation

Crash scene on Milton Road Crash scene on Milton Road
Police outside Milton Road home Police outside Milton Road home
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police have just wrapped up searching a home on Milton Street late Thursday afternoon.

Police said a man left the home late Thursday morning in an SUV, crashed it at Clinch and Milton streets and ran from the scene. SWAT team members and K9 units chased the suspect. He was taken into custody after 12 p.m. in a wooded area near the railroad tracks. Staley Avenue had been shut down and has since reopened. A helicopter searched for the second suspect from the air.

The crash and manhunt happened just after a standoff ended earlier in downtown Savannah when a gunman who ran into the Olde Pink House was taken into custody.

The man who lives inside a home on Milton Street told WTOC that two men came into his home at about 11 p.m. Wednesday through a side door and held him and his 11-year-old son hostage all night long. 

Some time this morning, one of the men took the victim to downtown Savannah. An off-duty SCMPD detective fired gunshots and missed him at about 8:15 a.m. at Broughton and Bull streets when she saw one of the suspects with a gun heading toward Reynolds Square.

That's when the gunman took off running through Reynolds Square and barricaded himself inside the Pink House, according to police. The suspect was found hiding in the restaurant's kitchen. 

A silver Jaguar parked in the area was hit with the gunshots. No one was hurt in the shooting.

Police had guns drawn on Abercorn Street across from the Pink House. SCMPD's Sullivan said that an armed man went inside the Pink House and the people who were inside the restaurant got out.

"I feel very fortunate and very thankful. Again - I cannot say enough about city's police officers.It was so incredible to watch them take care of our community," said Pink House GeneralManager Craig Jeffress.

The man and his son who were held hostage overnight are back home. 

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