It was not clear whether the officers or clients of banks were injured during the hostage incident at Sebring, the authorities said.
Victims have not yet been identified and family notifications have not yet been made, Highlander Sheriff Paul Blackman said.
The suspect, who was identified as 21-year-old Zeffen Xavier, from Sebring, is detained, authorities said. – said Desantis.
The incident began when a person phoned the police at 1
Initial negotiations to try to get the barricaded entity out of the bank are unsuccessful, so the SWAT team entered the bank and continued the talks.
There is no danger to the neighborhood, police said. US-27 was closed in both directions near the bank due to the incident. Law enforcement officials will provide more details at 16:30. The ET press conference, Ellwell said.
"We work closely with officials and strive to take care of all concerned," said SunTrust Chief Communications Officer Sue Malino. "We will provide more information as soon as we can."
Family members, colleagues and friends who want to meet with relatives after the incident, gathered at the nearby Inn of the Lakes, according to Yanique Blackellar,
Holly Silverman from CNN and Joey Hurst contributed to this report.