Exclusive video: Harvey hostage raid

WGN obtained  exclusive video of the final moments of the roughly 20-hour hostage stand-off in Harvey.

A witness recorded on a cell phone what appears to be some of the four remaining hostages being turned over to authorities. The video also appears to show one of the two suspects being put in a squad car.

A SWAT team launched the raid because officials believed negotiations were in a stalemate and it was time to act. The stand-off began with an attempted robbery at the home at 147th and Robey around 12:45pm Tuesday.

Teams stormed into the house through the front door, cleared the first floor, and then raced up to the second floor. Once there, they took two men into custody and rescued the four remaining hostages. They were a six year-old girl, a 12 year-old girl, and two women.

These four remaining hostages were badly shaken up and taken to a hospital.

Not a single gunshot was fired during the raid and no one was injured.

“We’d been giving them opportunities for the last, almost 24 hours, to come out. We’ve assured them no one was going to hurt them, and tried everything conceivable to get them to understand that we weren’t going away and this was going to be resolved. And they, nonetheless, we’re not going to come out,” said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

The four other hostages, boys between the ages of 1 and 11, were released Tuesday.

Sherrif Dart says he’s unaware of a relationship between the suspects and the hostages.

Two Harvey police officers were also injured in the ordeal.

Darnell Keel, a 15 year veteran of the force, had surgery Wednesday morning.

 

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