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      Press conference releases hostage investigation information

      Update 5:46 p.m.

      "This case has been closed."

      That was the sobering message Friday from Marinette City Police Chief Jeff Skorik.

      15-year-old Samuel Hengel took 25 students and one teacher hostage on November 29 before taking his own life.

      None of the hostages were injured.

      Police said there were no warning signs and Hengel was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

      "Samuel Hengel was acting alone on November 29, Skorik said. We still don't know why he did this and what his intentions were we didn't know and we do not know."

      Friday police released a 350 page report on the incident including letters written by hostages describing the events and their terror.

      The report also concludes that the handguns used during the incident were taken from Hengel's home.

      In terms of the police response, Skorik said the goal was to get everyone out safely, including Hengel. But after shots were fired, police decided it was time to forcefully enter the classroom.

      "We had a concern for the safety of the remaining hostages and that's when the hostage rescue team breached the door and entered the classroom, Skorik said. I don't know that we could have done anything differently that would have changed the outcome of that."

      Since it was determined that Hengel acted alone no charges will be filed in the situation.

      Update 1:24 p.m.

      During Friday's press conference Marinette City Police Chief Jeff Skorik said 15-year-old Sam Hengel showed no warning signs before taking his class hostage on November 29, 2010 at Marinette High School.

      According to Skorik, Hengel was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and he was not the victim of bullying.

      It has also been determined that the two guns used during the hostage situation were taken from the Hengel family home.

      We'll have more information on your TV6 Early News.


      Update 11:25 a.m.

      The press conference held by the Marinette City Police Chief Jeff Skorik has just concluded.

      According to a statement made by Skorik, there is no insight into why 15-year-old Sam Hengel took his class hostage on November 29, 2010 at Marinette High School.

      There are no charges pending and the case is considered closed.

      TV6's Aaron Martin was at the press conference and will have more information on your TV6 Early News.


      Police are releasing their final report on a Wisconsin teen who held his class hostage for hours before fatally shooting himself more than three months ago. Police in Marinette plan to release the investigative report, all 150 pages, at a news conference Friday morning. Community members hope the report sheds light on a tragedy that left many questions and few answers. Sam Hengel brought two handguns into his social studies class at Marinette High School on Nov. 29. He held the teacher and about two dozen students hostage for six hours, then shot himself as a SWAT team swarmed the classroom. He died the next morning. What prompted Hengel's actions has been unclear. Classmates have said he was well liked and had many friends.