Knifeman is shot dead by police sniper after taking two people hostage and claiming he had a BOMB at Bank of America in Fort Myers, Florida
An attempted bank robbery in Fort Myers turned deadly after the suspect was shot dead by a sniper.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office officers were called to investigate an armed robbery at a Bank of America in the Florida city.
A woman inside the bank told NBC 2 that she was inside when a young man jumped on the counter and said he had a bomb.
Sheriff Carime Marceno confirmed the man then held two people hostage, put one in a headlock and held a knife to her throat.
Sheriff Carime Marceno confirmed the man then held two people hostage, put one in a headlock and held a knife to her throat
Officers with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office were called to investigate an armed robbery at a Bank of America in the Florida city
He confirmed that the suspect was shot and killed by a SWAT sniper after displaying deadly force.
Marceno said: ‘There was a chaotic scene, we deployed all technology. Group of deputies immediately entered as dozens of people ran, they began to secure all sections of the building.
‘Hostage negotiations began with our suspect, quickly we were face to face with a male suspect armed with a knife.
‘He also claimed he had a bomb. He had two hostages at this point, at one point he got physical.
‘He started to put one of the hostages in a headlock and had a knife to her throat.
‘When he offered such deadly force, our SWAT sniper shot and killed the suspect. I am proud to say both hostages are safe.’
Footage of the police response to the scene emerged on social media, showing special ops vans and SWAT teams arriving on the scene.
Footage was also captured inside the building,
Lee County Sheriff’s Office says the deputy sniper is now on administrative leave, per normal protocol.
Footage has also emerged showing police negotiators trying to reason with the unknown man.
One officer can be heard saying: ‘Listen, just come out here and let me see your hands. We will work with you.
“I know you’re going through a lot, but that’s not going to make what you’re going through any easier.”
The suspect can be heard yelling at the officers, with his words difficult to make out.