A 28-year-old gunman who took hostages in a medical office Tuesday afternoon died at Memorial Hospital, several hours after being shot by a police officer.
Police identified the man as Dominic Oliver. He was shot after officers entered the Urological Associates Office at 75 Printers Parkway to rescue three people hiding in the building. Officers had tried unsuccessfully to negotiate with Oliver before going in. Earlier, Oliver had released two hostages unharmed.
It's unclear if Oliver fired his gun.
His death capped a story that began unfolding around noon, when a man called the doctor's office. He showed up a short time later waving a gun.
Dr. Jeff Ferguson, one of the practice’s doctors, said the man was angry at one of the office employees and took her and two other women hostage. Police later said two hostages were taken.
“He produced a gun and started screaming at the top of his lungs," Feguson said. "He was so agitated that I kept on expecting to hear shots ring out.”
He said the man was not in a relationship with the employee but the two were in some sort of dispute.
Ferguson said he has a concealed weapons permit and he grabbed his gun, which was stored nearby. He stood between the gunman and others as an estimated 20 employees and 30 patients in his offices went down the stairs. Some of the patients were in surgical gowns or partially undressed as they left the building, he said. When Ferguson left, the hostages were still inside.
Larry Kelberer and his wife Arlene were not hostages but were temporarily trapped in the building.
“There was screaming and yelling and everyone was yelling to call 911,” Kelberer said. “One woman was really upset and kept carrying on and saying ‘somebody hug me, somebody hug me.'”
Kelberer uses a walker and was afraid he couldn’t make it down the stairs, so he and his wife locked themselves inside an office. After about a half an hour his wife poked her head out and spotted a police officer. The officer moved the couple to a more protected office and then later helped Kelberer get down the stairs.
Dozens of people from several offices in the building were evacuated safely, and nearby schools were locked down during the standoff. More than a dozen police and fire department vehicles and ambulances lined the street near the office during the incident.