Alabama sheriff's deputy wounded, suspect dead after hostage situation

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An Alabama sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded while responding to a hostage situation that ended with a suspect's death.

The Randolph County deputy was taken to UAB Hospital in Birmingham and was expected to survive. Police said the deputy was shot twice, but had no further information.

The Clay County Web reported the incident began Saturday when an unidentified man set fire to his son's house, yard and car. The suspect also allegedly killed his son's dog.

The suspect then barricaed himself in a camper vehicle with a hostage, believed to be his wife, after shooting out the camper's front windshield.

The man exchanged fire with responding officers, and it was during one of those exchanges that the deputy was wounded. SWAT officers and military-style vehicles eventually responded to the scene.

It was not immediately clear how the suspect died. Randolph County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Larry Clarke told that the hostage is unharmed.

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