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Passenger with gun holds driver hostage in Houston traffic stop

HOUSTON, Texas -- A hostage situation that lingered for hours on a southwest Houston street ended Friday afternoon after an armed passenger inside a pickup was taken into custody, ABC affiliate KTRK reported.

Police said the incident began following a traffic stop by officers.

The armed passenger held the pickup's driver at gunpoint for more than two hours as police SWAT and negotiation teams were called to the location.

A woman on the scene told KTRK that the driver was her cousin, and the passenger who was holding him at gunpoint was a friend.

"The man asked him to take him somewhere, and then he stopped and pulled a gun on him," Carmen said. "It's a friend of his."

It wasn't clear what charges the gunman faced and no further details were immediately available.

ABC News


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