Tuesday, January 15, 2002
Former CBS 2 News Reporter Helps End Hostage Situation
A detective was held at gunpoint overnight for over three hours at the 19th Precinct House. The man then demanded to speak with a reporter. That's when Michael O'Looney, who is now the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information for the Police Department, became involved. O'Looney, who served as a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 News from 1995 until the end of 2001, says, "He just wanted to tell me his story. He thought if he was able to tell somebody his whole story that some of his problems would go away." The standoff ended at around 3:30 in the morning with no one seriously injured.