BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Hostage crisis in Union County

Local law enforcement agencies were still in a standoff as of 2:20 a.m. Saturday morning with a subject on Highway 178 near Sherman.

According to Union County Sheriff Tommy Wilhite, a man has shot his ex-wife and is holding her and two children hostage.  He said that she was still alive as of 2 a.m.

“We’re in a mess right now,” Wilhite said.  “That’s all I can tell you right now.”

The standoff began shortly after neighbors reported gunshots coming from the home just past the train bridge on the west side of Sherman.  Authorities arrived at the scene at approximately 8 p.m.

The Union County Sheriff’s Department, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Tupelo SWAT team, as well as Sherman police and several area emergency management agencies were involved in the ongoing hostage negotiations.

No names or ages of anyone involved in the hostage situation had been released.

The New Albany Gazette will bring you more of the story as it becomes available.