TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A hostage situation at a credit union near the University of Alabama is over as of 10:45 a.m. Tuesday morning, and all the hostages are said to be safe.
The incident began around 8:30 a.m. before the Alabama Credit Union on Bryant Drive opened. Officials say the suspect at one time had around eight hostages who are bank employees. The suspect is now in custody, and the hostages are reported safe.
According to Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson, the suspect was attempting to rob the credit union and was stopped by University of Alabama police, and the suspect subsequently took hostages.
There was a negotiator on the scene, but Anderson says negotiations were stalled when they decided to breach the bank, knowing the suspect was away from the hostages. Officers were able to enter the bank and end the situation around 10:40 a.m.
Law enforcement from Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, University of Alabama and the FBI all helped to bring the situation to an end without injury.
“The Tuscaloosa Police Department led a multi-agency team in response to a hostage situation at the Alabama Credit Union this morning. Our local law enforcement agencies worked together to resolve this incident with the best possible outcome,” Tuscaloosa mayor Walt Maddox said. “I say it often and I mean it: Our Tuscaloosa team is amazing. Today was an example of their determination, poise and expertise. I couldn’t be more proud.”
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