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Gunman at Discovery Channel shot and killed

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) -- Police say the gunman who took three people hostage at the Discovery Channel network's programming has died after they shot him.

All three hostages escaped safely.

Police spent several hours negotiating with him after he burst into the suburban Washington building about 1 p.m. waving a handgun and with canisters strapped to his body.

Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger says an explosive device may have detonated, and the suspect may have brought other devices into the building. He said as far as he knows, the 1,900 people who work in the building were able to get out safely.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) -- Police say they have shot an armed man who took three people hostage in the Discovery Channel network's headquarters in suburban Washington. All of the hostages are safe.

Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger says he does not know whether police killed the gunman, who was upset about the network's programming.

They spent about three hours negotiating with him after he burst into the suburban Washington building about 1 p.m. waving a handgun and with canisters strapped to his body.

Police had not confirmed whether the canisters were explosives.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) -- The gunman in Discovery headquarters has been shot by police. Three hostages were able to escape safely.

According to a law enforcement official in Maryland, authorities have identified James Lee as the man they believe is holding hostages at the Discovery Channel's headquarters just outside Washington.

Another official says Lee has protested in the past outside the building because he was unhappy with the channel's environmental programming. According to court records, he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in February of 2008.

Police reports indicate he paid homeless people to join his protest and carry signs outside the building.

A newspaper (The Gazette of Montgomery County) says that at his trial, Lee said he began working to save the planet after being laid off from his job.

A website registered to Lee has been critical of Discovery, saying it was doing little to help save the planet.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) -- Police in suburban Washington say they're talking with a gunman who has taken hostages at the headquarters of the Discovery Channel networks.

Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger says the gunman has what he described as a "small number of hostages" but he did not say how many. He also did not say what the man wants or whether anyone has been injured.

He says most of the 1,900 people who work in the building were able to get out safely.

He says at 1 p.m. the gunman entered through the main entrance of the building wearing what seemed to be metallic canister devices strapped to his front and back and waving a handgun.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) -- Police in a Washington, D.C., suburb say a gunman has taken at least one person hostage at the headquarters of Discovery Communications.

Montgomery County fire department spokesman Capt. Oscar Garcia says three bomb technicians responded to the scene in Silver Spring, Md., and several more are on their way.

Garcia says the initial report was of a suspicious package that was possibly explosive. He says nobody has been injured. Some employees have left the building.

Montgomery County Police Cpl. Dan Friz tells WJLA-TV that a gunman is in the building.

A person inside the building tells The Associated Press the man had something strapped to his chest and has hostages. The person asked not to be identified, saying people inside have been told not to speak to the media.

ATF and FBI officials say they are also responding.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police in Maryland say a gunman has entered the Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Springs and has taken at least one person hostage.

Montgomery County Police Cpl. Dan Friz tells WJLA-TV that a gunman is in the building.

A person inside the building tells The Associated Press the man had something strapped to his chest and has hostages. The person asked not to be identified, saying people inside have been told not to speak to the media.

Police did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press.

Discovery Communications LLC operates cable and satellite networks in the U.S. including The Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet.

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SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND (CNN) -- A man believed to be armed has taken at least one hostage at the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in Silver Spring, Maryland, police said.

Montgomery County police received the call at about 1 p.m. of a man with a gun and possible explosives, said police spokeswoman Angela Cruz. The call came from One Discovery Place, the channel's headquarters. The area has been evacuated, Cruz said.

A SWAT team and additional resources are responding, said Montgomery County police Cpl. Dan Friz. Authorities are monitoring the man via closed-circuit cameras. He is in the lobby area, Friz said. Authorities were trying to get in touch with him.

It appears the man has some kind of explosive device on his person, Friz said. Fire marshals with explosives experience were assisting.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police in Maryland say a gunman is inside the Discovery Channel building in the Washington suburbs.

Footage from WJLA-TV showed police SUVs and cruisers with their lights on outside the office building in Silver Spring.

Montgomery County police Cpl. Dan Friz told the channel that a gunman was in the building.

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SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND (WKOW) -- CNN is reporting a police emergency response team is responding to reports of a man with a gun and possible explosives at the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Montgomery County police received the call at about 1 p.m., said Angela Cruz. The call came from One Discovery Place, the channel's headquarters.

The area has been evacuated, Cruz said. No further information was immediately available.

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