One woman and 11 children are now safe thanks to a daring early-morning raid by a Georgia SWAT team.
The raid ended a tense stand-off that began at 2 a.m. when police learned that Korrie Thomas, 36, was holding the woman and children hostage at the Rite4us Inn & Suite in Decatur, about 10 miles outside of Atlanta.
The children ranged in age from 3 months to 17 years.
Authorities had surrounded the motel as Thomas, who was wielding a large knife, refused to let anyone leave. A DeKalb County SWAT team was called in to negotiate with Thomas for hours.
But as negotiations broke down and police began to fear for the lives of the trapped women and children, the SWAT team stormed the hotel and freed the hostages unharmed.
Thomas reportedly stabbed himself in the neck as the team entered his room, apparently attempting suicide, and is listed in critical condition.
According to the DeKalb County Police, nobody else was injured in the raid.
Standoff ends. Suspect stabbed himself as SWAT entered. No other injuries. Everyone else safe. Suspect enroute to hospital
— DeKalb County Police (@DeKalbCountyPD) January 5, 2016
The Associated Press contributed to this story.