Armed Hostage-Taker at Texas Walmart Shot and Killed by Police

iStock/Thinkstock(AMARILLO, Texas) -- An "armed" man took an unknown number of hostages in a Texas Walmart Tuesday before he was fatally shot by police.

The suspect was shot by a member of the Amarillo Police Department SWAT team, police said. The hostages inside are safe, police said.

At least two Walmart employees were taken hostage, Walmart said in a statement. It is unclear how many other people were taken hostage, but police said at least one.

"As soon as we heard about the situation at our store in Amarillo, Texas, we acted immediately," Walmart said. "All customers and our two associates who were held hostage are safe. This was a very difficult situation and we are thankful for the quick response from law enforcement."

At least one gunshot was fired, according to an eyewitness. No one else was injured in the incident, the Amarillo Police Department said.

The Walmart was shut down as the investigation took place. Police were asking people to avoid the area so officers could focus on the scene.

More information was not immediately available.

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