Although all hostages are actually secure, the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue continues to be an lively crime scene, with bomb technicians clearing the positioning, mentioned Colleyville Police Chief Michael Miller at a information convention.
He added that each one the hostages have been adults, although didn’t give additional info on their ages or identities.
The day-long operation: Police acquired a 911 name at 10:41 a.m., Miller mentioned. Companies on the synagogue have been being broadcast on-line via apps together with Fb and Zoom when the suspect entered and took 4 individuals hostage.
Police instantly arrange a fringe across the synagogue, evacuated homes within the space, and referred to as out a regional SWAT crew. The FBI was contacted, in addition to the ATF and different federal companions.
Authorities negotiated with the suspect “all day,” Miller mentioned, including there was “fixed communication with him.”
Finally, the suspect launched one hostage, who was not harmed and is now doing nicely, Miller mentioned.
The hostage rescue crew entered the synagogue at about 9 p.m., rescuing the opposite three hostages. The suspect is lifeless, Miller confirmed.
Group got here collectively: Miller mentioned the incident was “extraordinarily private” for him and his colleagues — however that he discovered hope “in how the neighborhood got here collectively.”
“This neighborhood, different church buildings, have all reached out,” he mentioned. “Meals has been introduced, our individuals have been cared for.”