A ten hour long hostage situation in a Dallas-Fort Worth synagogue ended with the suspect dead and all of the hostages safe, law enforcement reported.
The hostage situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville came to an end last Saturday after several hours.
According to ABC News, an armed suspect claiming to have bombs took a Rabbi and three others hostage before noon on Saturday. The first suspect was released uninjured around 5 pm. By 9:30 pm, Governor Greg Abbott tweeted, “Prayers answered. All hostages are alive and safe.”
Police reports show an FBI hostage rescue team entered the synagogue at about 9 pm and rescued the hostages. Colleyville Police Chief Michael Miller and FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matt DeSarno confirmed the suspect had died in a “shooting incident.”
Law enforcement did not confirm if the suspect actually had explosives. He had been reported to have had a backpack which he claimed these explosives were in. Authorities also did not confirm any demands made by the suspect.
Officials have stated there is no evidence suggesting this was part of a larger plan. However, police are still investigating the incident. The FBI, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were present on the scene conducting negotiations throughout the day, even getting the suspect food.
President Joe Biden released a statement saying, “There is more we will learn in the days ahead about the motivations of the hostage taker. But let me be clear to anyone who intends to spread hate – we will stand against anti-Semitism and against the rise of extremism in this country. That is who we are, and tonight, the men and women of law enforcement made us all proud.”
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
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