Hostages released, suspect dead after standoff at Georgia bank
Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — A suspect is dead and all hostages have escaped without injury after a standoff at a Wells Fargo bank in Marietta, Georgia, near Atlanta, police said.
The hostages — who were at least two employees — escaped the bank on their own, police said, and during the extraction of hostages, contact was made with the suspect, who was still inside.
The suspect died after a three-hour negotiation, police said this afternoon. A member of the tactical team may have killed him, police said.
The suspect had a backpack and authorities are trying to determine if there are explosives inside, police said. A robot is inside the bank now, police said.
The suspect had called authorities at 9:32 a.m. saying he was inside the bank, and police said the man made general threats and made demands throughout the morning.
The man believed to be the suspect spoke on the phone with the assignment desk at ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV, the news outlet reported.
Wells Fargo said in a statement earlier Friday, “We are providing our complete support and cooperation to law enforcement in its efforts to resolve this situation swiftly and peacefully. Our top priority is the safety of our customers and team members inside the branch. As this is an active situation, we cannot comment further.”
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