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Police ID man involved in standoff at Phoenix hotel

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Gary Minor (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Gary Minor (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
A man and a woman were brought out in handcuffs as a standoff at a Phoenix hotel. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A man and a woman were brought out in handcuffs as a standoff at a Phoenix hotel. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Police said the man threatened police while in a standoff at a Phoenix hotel. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Police said the man threatened police while in a standoff at a Phoenix hotel. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
A woman was with him in the hotel room but claimed she was a hostage, police said. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A woman was with him in the hotel room but claimed she was a hostage, police said. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A man and a woman were taken away in handcuffs as a standoff at a Phoenix hotel ended on Tuesday evening near Interstate 17 and Peoria Avenue.

It all started around 2:30 a.m. when Phoenix police officers said they tried to stop a pickup truck near of 27th and Dunlap avenues. The truck had stolen license plates.

Police said that the armed driver, identified Wednesday as Gary Laverne Minor, fled and abandoned his truck near I-17 and Peoria Avenue.

That's when Minor, 45, ran into his hotel room at the Comfort Suites where he remained with a woman. Police later determined Minor and the woman have been married for 27 years and have three children together.

"They are currently homeless and move from motel to motel," according to Minor's court paperwork.

Phoenix police were searching the area for Minor when Surprise police called and reported that his wife was texting a family member that she was being held hostage.

"The victim felt as though she was not free to leave and if she tried to leave he would hurt her," reads the probable cause for arrest statement. "During the incident the defendant continued to use the victim as a human shield."

During negotiations, police said the suspect threatened to shoot officers in the immediate area.

Several rooms were evacuated. 

Interstate 17 northbound was closed at Dunlap Avenue at approximately 1 p.m. The freeway was reopened a short time later.

Around 4:30 p.m. the police said they heard a shot fired so they forced their way into the room. They brought out the couple in handcuffs.

"The defendant claimed he heard a sound which startled him and he had an accidental discharge," according to court documents. "The victim believes the defendant fired the gun to get the police to leave."

Minor had some minor injuries but his wife was not hurt.

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