North Carolina man killed by police after hostage situation 

WHO: Devon Mitchell

WHAT: The 19-year-old man who told hostages and police he had a gun was actually unarmed during a three-hour standoff that ended with officers shooting and killing him outside a North Carolina bank. Mitchell had as many as seven hostages, though most were released during the course of the standoff Thursday. At the end, Mitchell walked out holding what appeared to be a gun to the head of a hostage and police fired, killing him.

WHY: Last week, one expert said the fact Mitchell did not demand money from the bank teller could mean the standoff was a case of “suicide by cop,” a term used to describe a suicidal person who purposely induces a law enforcement officer to kill them.

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