The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says 11 hostages have been freed from a credit union in that north Florida city where they were held at gunpoint by a robbery suspect.
The sheriff’s office said in a tweet Thursday that the hostages were freed about two hours after their ordeal began and that the suspect was in custody.
Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Melissa Bujeda had said an initial 911 call reporting a bank robbery came in at 9:06am. Authorities confirmed that reports of people being shot were not true.
She said SWAT team members and police negotiators were called in, Bujeda said
Streets surrounding the bank were blocked by police, and Bujeda urged patience from business people unable to get to work.
The bank is located in a northwest Jacksonville commercial district surrounded by a storage facility and a dollar store.