Hero Mom Hostage in Oklahoma

Paralegal Jennifer Shokat calmed gunman and helped negotiate his surrender.
1:51 | 11/12/14

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To Oklahoma now, and to a story breaking as we came on the air last night here. A gunman storming into an office, taking hostages. As the siege went on, the workers escaping slowly with their hands up. But one woman, a hero mom, still inside. Tonight, what she said to get him to let her out. ABC's Ryan Owens with the interview. Reporter: This is the gunman who police say shot his way into a law firm in this Oklahoma office building. And held paralegal Jennifer shokat hostage for more than four hours. I was crying, he assured me he wasn't going to hurt me, it took me a little bit to believe him. Reporter: It turns out the 32-year-old wife and mother was armed with something more powerful than his pistol. A plan. I just thought, the more I could get him to like me, the less like little he would hurt me. Reporter: So she kept talking. For hours. The 29-year-old suspect, Devin Rogers, is a veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said he was very highly decorated and that he had no more value to society. He came back and could not find any work that would pay him above minimum wage and he said that he just wanted to go to jail. Reporter: Rogers allowed her to use her cell phone. And did she ever. I just told her, you know, I'm being held hostage. There's a gunman in the office. Please call mom. This is no joke. Reporter: That's quite a text message. She texted her family and friends, even her boss, an attorney, to help negotiate her own hostage Achor's surrender. You just go into survival mode. Reporter: It worked. Tonight, Rogers is charged with kidnapping and will face a judge tomorrow. I think he needs to get the help he needs. Reporter: A peaceful ending, thanks to a young paralegal armed with that plan. Ryan Owens, ABC news, Norman, Oklahoma.

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