Athens Police Capt. Clarence Holeman said Jamie Hood released the hostages around 9 p.m. Friday night. He said Hood knew the hostages, but it's unclear if they are relatives. He added that police believe the remaining hostages are safe.
Holeman said authorities are communicating with Hood, and that police are optimistic a peaceful surrender could happen soon.
Police had been searching for Hood since Tuesday, when Athens Clarke-County policeman Elmer "Buddy" Christian was shot and killed while police say he attempted to apprehend Hood. Another officer, Tony Howard, was shot in the face and upper body, and is recovering from his wounds.