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Hostage standoff ends, four children killed

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A nearly 24-hour hostage standoff with police in Florida came to an end.

Orlando police say all four children being held hostage and the suspect are dead.

Police say 35-year-old Gary Lindsey Jr, who was suspected of beating up his girlfriend, shot a police officer Sunday night before barricading himself and the kids in his apartment. 

Police say two of those children belonged to Lindsey and the other two belonged to his girlfriend.

Police say the long standoff and its sad ending Monday night took a toll on the community and the responding officers.

"Our hearts go out to the families of those four children. Obviously, this is a... a long day like this is both physically and emotionally draining on our law enforcement officers," Orlando Police Chief John Mina said.

The four children range in age from one to 11.

The officer hurt in the initial shooting, Kevin Valencia, is expected to survive.

He had surgery at a local hospital for "very significant injuries."

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