NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Police in New Jersey say they were forced to shoot and kill a man who was holding a young girl hostage.

Authorities in Newark say officers were in a seven-hour standoff with a suspect holding a gun to an 11-year-old child Friday night.

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Police rushed to the scene near Broadway and Irving Street on a domestic violence call. Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose reports that officers encountered the man using the girl as a shield.

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“NPD SWAT continued negotiating with the suspect during the seven-hour incident and used less lethal options before using deadly force and shooting the suspect,” Ambrose explained.

Luckily, the girl was not harmed during the shooting.

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Officials say the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating what ultimately led to the deadly hostage situation.