For nearly four hours Lee negotiated his demands via telephone with Montgomery County Police, seeking airtime on Discovery Channel to air his grievances. Meanwhile, thorough company emergency and evacuation plans were activated. Employees were first instructed via a public address system to remain at their desks. Later, administrative personnel swept through the building, instructing employees to exit the building via a back stairwell. The building's upper floors emptied successfully.
Shortly before 5 p.m. two hostages made a break. Lee gave chase and two police tactical teams emerged and shot Lee, killing him.
(For more on lessons learned from the Discovery Channel hostage situation, see "Seminar on Workplace Violence Reminds Businesses That No One is Immune.")
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