MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — State police in North Carolina shot a man to death after a standoff in which authorities say he held two family members hostage.

The State Bureau of Investigation said Surry County sheriff’s deputies were called to a standoff early Tuesday in Mount Airy.

Spokeswoman Patty McQuillan said in a news release that deputies asked for SBI help after negotiating with Mikle Eugene Dixon for several hours.

Around 3 p.m., a deputy saw Dixon pull a knife on one of the family members. The SBI’s special response team then entered the home and Dixon was shot and died at the scene.

The hostages weren’t hurt.

The races of those involved haven’t been released. State police are investigating the standoff and the shooting.

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