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Hostage Taker Dead

9/1/2010 6:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

James Jay Lee -- the gunman who took hostages today at the Discovery Channel headquarters in Maryland -- has died after being shot by police.

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According to police, Lee unsuccessfully spoke with several negotiators during the standoff.

Cops say tactical officers managed to get close to Lee ... and saw him point a handgun at one of the hostages. That's when officers decided to open fire  ... killing Lee.

Law enforcement claims Lee made several demands that "mirrored" the demands he had made on his radical website.

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61.

Cartman    

RIP you filthy liberal baby-hater.

I will burn a tire and kill a bunny in homage to your gods, the planet and it's forest creatures.

1425 days ago
62.

bob    

Whotta' loser! Didn't even take anyone with him.

1425 days ago
63.

ylg    

Sooooo Kate plus 8 made him crazy, but, I guess he was ok with the Housewives of Jersey? Now those screeching crows I could justify taking hostages to get off the air.

1425 days ago
64.

pcox    

For having guns and live explosives, I doubt the police waited until he pointed a gun at somebody to shoot him. That's nonsense - if I were the people inside I would be pissed for them waiting that long. That would be playing along with the gunman, his game, and I would hope instead they took the first shot they had.

1425 days ago
65.

Jeff    

So is this story on TMZ classified as "Celebrity Gossip" or "Entertainment News"? Only in America, folks!

1425 days ago
66.

Ivana Tinkle    

I do agree in the BASIS of his idealism, but he truly was manic in his writing and how he went about things.
True, we are overpopulating when there are so many children who need homes.
Breeders like Octomom and the Duggers are being celebrated, that's sad. We should balance those shows with shows about children without homes and parents. Maybe people will understand when they see the opposite scenario.

1425 days ago
67.

CJ    

Another left wing-enviro nut case. Figured he would be a libernut

1425 days ago
68.

caitlin    

THIS GUY has some really GOOD points though. SERIOUSLY. All you who think he is just a wack job are ignorant to the problems that lie ahead for the human race and the planet as a whole if we keep on the track we are going. YES he went about it in a terrible way but really he just wanted to make a scene because without controversy nothing you have to say will ever be heard. Unfortunately there are too many ignorant people in the world who don't realize that the human race is going to be the down fall of the planet earth. The human race is glorified as being the ruler of the earth but NEWSFLASH we are not the end all be all and we need to control our population just like every other species.

1425 days ago
69.

tiffany     

Waste of space.

1425 days ago
70.

Jamie    

I Live 3 minutes away From The discovery headquarters EVERYTHING was on lock down

1425 days ago
71.

Brian    

Do you think the cops made the right decision? Check out my poll seeing what people think - http://www.interaskit.com/viewPoll.php?PollID=641

1425 days ago
72.

what He said    

It's too bad he was very good looking... a million times hotter than sofia vergara's laid up boyfriend(ewww scary!!!)

1425 days ago
73.

Maggie    

He should be happy now. He managed to cut the population down by one. Thanks for doing your part!

1425 days ago
74.

rex kramer    

Now his skull has air conditioning.

1425 days ago
75.

cowbulls    

I wish this would be the ending for a whole lot more of these sickos. End their 15 minutes with them under a sheet.

1425 days ago
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