Pittsburgh Hostage Taker Updates Facebook Live

According to CBS, 22-year-old Klein Michael Thaxton took a hostage inside a downtown Pittsburgh office building earlier today. Thaxton was armed, and police spent several hours negotiating with him while he was inside the building with an employee from CW Breitsman Associates, a firm that deals employee benefits programs.

Huffington Post writes that while inside the building, Thaxton was posting emotional messages to his Facebook. "I cant take it no more im done bro. How this ends is up to yall bro real shyt," he wrote at about 9am this morning. At that point he had been inside the building for about an hour. Thaxton posted several messaged to his Facebook and friends responded with messages of support and pleading with him to think about what he was doing.

At around 1pm, Thaxton's Facebook page was shut down. It's not yet clear whether he deleted his own account or if it was Facebook that shut down his page. Either way, HuffPo cites wtov9 as saying the 22-year-old ex-military man surrendered peacefully just after 2pm today and no one was injured.

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  • Ya, i know he's a bad dude an' all, but kudos on the slick name.
  • Good ending for a hostage drama.
  • Somebody in Pittsburgh was being held hostage?