A 22-year-old male held two Jewel-Osco grocery store employees hostage at the store for a little more than three hours Sunday. At approximately 9:35 p.m., Patrick Guynn, who entered the store with a high-powered rifle, according to law enforcement officials, released the final hostage, 19-year-old Melissa Quick, and then surrendered. According to officials, Quick is an ex-girlfriend. At about 9:10 p.m., the male hostage, Zachary Lamp, was released.

The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

CLINTON — Two grocery store employees are safe today after being taken hostage by a 22-year-old male at the Jewel-Osco grocery store on Sunday.

At about 9:35 p.m. Sunday, 19-year-old Melissa Quick was released, and Patrick Guynn surrendered to police after a standoff that lasted more than three hours. Guynn released the other hostage, 19-year-old Zachary Lamp, at approximately 9:10 p.m. Neither hostage was reported to have injuries, while Guynn was transported to Mercy North Hospital to treat non-life threatening injuries that appeared to be self-inflicted cuts, Clinton Police Capt. Mike Gertson said.

Guynn entered the Jewel-Osco store, 1307 N. Second St., at approximately 6:30 p.m. Sunday, carrying a high-powered rifle, an AR-15, Gertson said. Upon entering, Guynn had the fire alarm set off in the store to force shoppers outside the store, Gertson said. Guynn then took Quick, reportedly an ex-girlfriend, and Lamp as hostages.

While inside, Guynn stated to police that he “fired off some rounds” inside the business. Guynn said he did not shoot at the hostages.

Gertson said the hostages were held in a second-floor break room, and confirmed that Guynn was using his cell phone to text message a person outside the store. No demands were issued by Guynn, Gertson said.

Both hostages are employees of the Jewel-Osco store, and Gertson said Guynn was either fired or quit his job at the Jewel-Osco store recently.

“I feel good,” Gertson said about the outcome. “Everybody’s out safe. (We) can’t do better than that.

“I think the negotiators did a hell of a job.”

This situation comes a little more than a month after Shamus Pridemore took Erin Pridemore hostage at the Iowa Workforce Development Office on April 13. That standoff lasted more than six hours, and Shamus Pridemore eventually released Erin Pridemore, and then shot himself.

Gertson said law enforcement learned from the scenario.

“I learned a little bit,” Gertson said. “It went a little smoother from our point of view with what we needed to get accomplished.”

In excess of 20 law enforcement officials were on the scene, including a tactical team, state police, local police, fire department officials, negotiators and the Gateway Area H.E.A.T. unit.

Police set up barricades on Second Street at 11th Avenue North and Roosevelt at 11th Avenue North. They set up barricades on 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th avenues at Pershing.

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