Man snatches toddler out of shopping cart and holds her hostage in grocery store

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on June 28, 2013 at 10:49 PM

MIDWEST CITY, Oklahoma -- A man was shot and killed after he snatched a 2-year-old girl out of a shopping cart and held her hostage in an Oklahoma grocery store.

The man removed the child from the shopping cart, held a knife to her and made crazy demands.

Officers spent 30 minutes negotiating with the man.

An officer shot the man in the head at point-blank range when he pulled the knife closer to the girl’s throat.

“He thought the child was being harmed and stabbed at the time he did the shooting,” said Midwest Police Department Chief Brandon Clabes.

The girl was not harmed.

Family members of the suspect said he had a long history of mental illness.

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