NEWPORT, Ky. — A police sniper today killed a gunman who had claimed to be a drug-crazed killer and held two teen-agers more than 30 hours, demanding $50,000 and plane tickets to England. The hostages were freed unharmed.
Dennis Lucas, 20, of Dayton, Ky., was killed by a state police officer after one hostage was removed by police and officials decided that the second youth was in "certain, imminent danger," State Police Capt. Dale Fortner said.
Moments before the end of the siege, a woman and her two preschool children were evacuated from an upstairs apartment.
Armed With Rifles
Officers armed with rifles had also begun closing in on the building, in a neighborhood of crowded row houses and small storefronts.
No details were immediately available on how hostage Bobby Wardlow, 14, was removed from the building. Fortner said officials moved in after becoming concerned that the life of the remaining hostage, 16-year-old Larkin Wardlow, Bobby's brother, was in danger.