TV channel hostage taker shot dead
A gunman shot dead by police after he took hostages at the Discovery Channel headquarters in the United States said he hated its television shows because they promoted population growth and environmental destruction.
Three hostages - two Discovery Communications employees and a security guard - escaped unhurt after the four-hour stand-off in Silver Spring, just outside Washington.
After several hours negotiating with the gunman, tactical officers moved in when authorities monitoring him on security cameras saw him pull out a handgun and point it at a hostage, said Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger.
The man was named later as James J Lee by unnamed police officials.
The homeless man had targeted Discovery's headquarters in February 2008 when he was charged with disorderly conduct for staging a "Save the Planet Protest". In court and online, he had demanded an end to Discovery Communications shows such as Kate Plus 8 and 19 Kids and Counting.
Instead, he said, the network should air "programmes encouraging human sterilisation and infertility".
Lee, 43, also objected to Discovery's environmental programming.
Police say the gunman burst into the building about 1pm and took hostages in the lobby on the first floor.
An explosive device on his body detonated when police shot him, Mr Manger said. Police were trying to determine whether two boxes and two backpacks also contained explosives and authorities sent in a robot to disarm a device on the gunman's body.
NBC TV News reported that after its producers called Discovery's phone number, a man identifying himself as James J Lee got on the phone and said he had a gun and several bombs.