Utah gunman updates Facebook status during hostage standoff.

Jason Valdez is no stranger to Utah police. His latest…

Jason Valdez is no stranger to Utah police. His latest brush with the law, however, may have been the most public.

An armed Valdez, 36, held a woman hostage at a motel in a tense 16-hour, overnight standoff with police commando teams, all while finding time to keep his family and friends updated on Facebook, authorities said.

He even got some help from the outside over the social network: A friend posted that a police officer was hiding in the bushes.

“Thank you homie,” Valdez replied. “Good looking out.”

When officers swarmed the room, Valdez shot himself in the chest with a handgun, police said. On Tuesday, he was in critical condition.

Source: Jennifer Dobner for the Associated Press via Law Officer.

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  • Todd D

    Next time Jason, put the gun in your mouth.