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Jason Valdez, an armed man in Salt Lake City, took a woman hostage and updated friends and family about it on Facebook during a 16-hour standoff.

He made six status updates, posted pictures of himself and the woman (“Got a cute Hostage’ huh,” he wrote), and added at least 12 new friends.

Valdez took the woman hostage Tuesday evening when police tried to serve him with a felony drug warrant after a missed court appearance.

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“I’m currently in a standoff … kinda ugly, but ready for whatever,” Valdez first wrote on the social networking site. “I love u guyz and if I don’t make it out of here alive that I’m in a better place and u were all great friends.”

His friends and family responded with more than 100 messages, at least one warning Valdez about police activity outside. Authorities are discussing whether his friends should be charged with obstruction of justice.

As the SWAT team swarmed the room, Valdez shot himself in the chest.

He was in critical condition as of last night … if that changes, we suspect he will let everyone know on his Wall ASAP, along with how bad the hospital food is.