Man Suspected of Murder and Carjackings Killed in Standoff

A man suspected of murder in Ohio and multiple carjackings in Kentucky was killed by West Virginia police in a standoff outside a gas station where he was holding three hostages. The search for David Maynard, 54, ended at a Speedway in a West Virginia town bordering the Ohio River.

A sergeant stopped at the gas station and recognized Maynard as the suspect who had eluded troopers. Maynard pointed his pistol at the sergeant, leading to a response from a State Police Special Response Team. Negotiations allowed for the release of two hostages, while Maynard requested a blanket be placed at the door for the third hostage. When Maynard exited the door and engaged with members of the Special Response Team, shots were fired.

Maynard, of Ironton, Ohio, died of his injuries at a nearby hospital. The third hostage was safely secured and no officers were injured.

The manhunt began when Ironton police found a 29-year-old woman tied up and Maynard’s 78-year-old stepfather dead. Along the way, Maynard abducted two women in separate incidents in Kentucky, but one of the victims managed to free herself and call 911 after driving to safety. Maynard stole both of their cars during the incidents.

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