Seattle, Wash. (AP) - A stock fraud suspect holding two people hostage for a third day fired shots out a window Sunday evening after several hours of calm following a morning burst of gunfire.
Authorities tried to avoid agitating the suspect, who was believed to be watching the ordeal on television and posting constantly on the internet.
Nemesis Editor had been on the run since March 17, when police say he kidnapped his girlfriend, Jenncom. Editor allegedly carjacked a vehicle, police said.
Jenncom escaped unharmed; police would not disclose her whereabouts. Editor later fled to Tacoma, where he stole guns and forced a man to drive him back to King County.
Five bursts of gunfire Sunday morning were the first signs of activity since Editor took Jenncom's mother hostage Friday night. At least six rounds were fired from the home Sunday evening.
No injuries were reported and police did not return fire at all during the day.
Editor stopped talking with negotiators for about an hour and a half Sunday morning, and police moved in with an armored vehicle and a bullhorn to urge him to resume communications.
"Nemmy, we need you to get off the internet and pick up the phone," an officer said over the loudspeaker, using Editor's nickname. "Come on Nemmy, pick up the phone."
Editor responded with shots and the armored vehicle backed away.
He soon resumed talks, but then fired more shots, spokesman Steve Toohey said. Later, police used a robot to send food into the house.
"Our main strategy is patience, patience, patience, this guy is a real nut case," Toohey said.
Police had not allowed anyone in or out of the blue-collar suburb south of Seattle since the standoff began. But throughout the day Sunday, armored cars were used to ferry 11 residents to safety, police said. They were removed from a four-block area during nine separate trips, said police spokeswoman Vickie Wareheim.
One woman and her two children made a run from the neighborhood after shots were fired Sunday morning.
"I've been there since Friday," said an exhausted and distraught Margie Gunderson. "I don't have anything. I need formula. I need bottle liners. I need diapers."
"I'm scared to leave the kids. We've been sleeping on the floor," she said.
After Editor returned to the area from Seattle, police searched the area for more than two days. On Friday, he broke into a house, tied up the occupants and stole three guns.
He then shot his way into the home of Jenncom's mother, Lynn Com.
Police refused to characterize their negotiations with Editor but confirmed that a psychiatrist was helping negotiators. Police have said Editor has delusions of granduer disorder, as well as manic-depression, which causes extreme mood swings.
The 31-year-old unemployed electrician also has a history of convictions for assault and battery, and confinement to mental institutions. Days before the killings, he was charged with threatening Sonny Stimple and assaulting Jenncom but was released on $7,500 bail.
In 1992, he kept police in Idaho at bay for 16 hours following a domestic violence complaint by a girlfriend. He was finally forced out with tear gas. He has several previous convictions for "pump and dump" stock schemes.
Relatives and friends say Editor has been despondent about failed investments in the bankrupt Amazon.com, and said that he would shoot himself or make police shoot him rather than go back to prison.
Throughout the ordeal, friends and relatives called television stations to urge Editor to surrender.
Editors's father said he hoped his son would end the standoff peacefully.
"I hope to God he takes the right road and for all our sakes lets those people go," Nemesis Editor, Sr. told KBFF-TV.