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All hostages released in IL standoff; 2 arrested

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Two robbery suspects shot at police and took eight people hostage Tuesday. The suspects released four children overnight, but two adults and two children remain inside. (Source: WLS/CNN) Two robbery suspects shot at police and took eight people hostage Tuesday. The suspects released four children overnight, but two adults and two children remain inside. (Source: WLS/CNN)
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart speaks shortly after the hostages were safely recovered in a standoff in Harvey, IL. (Source: CNN) Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart speaks shortly after the hostages were safely recovered in a standoff in Harvey, IL. (Source: CNN)

HARVEY, IL (RNN/WLS/CNN) - A standoff inside a suburban Chicago home ended peacefully Wednesday, with the final four hostages released and two men taken into police custody.

Two robbery suspects shot at police and took eight people hostage around noon CT Tuesday. The suspects released four children overnight, but two adults and two children remained inside until around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said he had not determined the age of the suspects. He said everyone had been held in a second-floor bedroom, and the situation was resolved without a shot fired.

"Our one and only goal was to get everyone back in one piece," Dart said.

Sean Howard, a spokesman for Harvey Police Department, said earlier that one of the released hostages had been helpful in determining the situation inside the home.

"The 11-year-old who was released last night around 8:30 has been very helpful to the negotiators in determining what's exactly inside," Howard said. "As you know from the inception, we were highly dependent upon the suspects. Now, we have credible information as some of the victims themselves have come out of the house."

Police said it started when officers were alerted to a robbery. Two who responded were shot; they were taken to a hospital and are expected to recover.

Authorities from across the state have the home surrounded and have been negotiating with the suspects. The Harvey Police Department will take over investigation into the shooting of the officers. 

Copyright 2014 Raycom News Network. WLS and CNN contributed to the report. All rights reserved.

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