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article imageGunman updates Facebook during police standoff

By Lynn Curwin     Jun 23, 2011 in Crime
Ogden - A 36-year-old Utah man held a woman hostage during a 16-hour standoff with police, but continued updating Facebook the entire time.
The New York Daily News reported that Jason Valdez locked himself and a woman in a motel room when police tried to serve him with a warrant for a drug offense.
"I'm currently in a stand off wit these shady [expletives] from old, kinda ugly but ready for whatever," ABC reported that Valdez wrote in a post at 11:23 pm Friday. "I love u guyz and if I don't make it out of here alive that I'm in a better place and u were all great friends...."
Valdez wrote on Facebook that a woman named Veronica -who police considered a hostage- was with him willingly, and he posted photos of the two of them shortly after 2 am.
"Got a cute `Hostage' huh," he wrote.
A friend posted a message to let him know that a SWAT officer was in the bushes outside the room and he replied: "Thank you homie. Good looking out."
Some people left him messages of support or advice, and one told him he was an idiot.
According to the Huffington Post, his last Facebook message, which he wrote, at 7:25 am Saturday said: "Well i was lettin this girl go but these dumb bastards made an attempt to come in after i told them not to, so i popped off a couple more shots and now were startin all over again it seems ..."
Ogden Police Lt. Danielle Croyle said officers on the scene were aware that the man inside the room was making updates with a smartphone and changed tactics accordingly.
"It does cause concern because there were bystanders who knew him," ABC quoted Croyle as saying. "Our priority is the safety of the community, and safety is compromised when the location of officers is revealed."
Police said when they broke through the wall an hour later Valdez shot himself in the chest. He is now recovering in hospital, and police are discussing whether some of his friends should be charged with obstruction of justice.
Valdez has previous convictions for aggravated assault and domestic violence in front of a child.
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