We’re just seeing reports of a shooting at SunTrust Bank in Sebring, Florida. According to reports, “several” people are down.
— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) January 23, 2019
WFLA is reporting that "several people are down" according to the Sebring Police Dept after reports of an armed person inside a SunTrust Bank. Suspect in Custody
— BreakinNewz (@BreakinNewz01) January 23, 2019
UPDATE: Sheriff's office says Florida bank shooting suspect contacted police and advised them that he had fired shots in the bank; after being engaged by a SWAT team, the suspect surrendered. https://t.co/xWZhT2snqO
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 23, 2019
According to NBC affiliate WFLA-Channel 8, the Sebring Police Department confirmed that “several people are down” at the SunTrust bank branch on U.S. Highway 27 in Highlands County, northwest of Lake Okeechobee.
At approximately 12:36 p.m. today, the Sebring Police Department responded to the SunTrust Bank at 1901 US 27 South in Sebring.
A subject contacted dispatch and reported that he had fired shots inside the bank. SPD officers and deputies from the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and established a perimeter.
After negotiations to try to get the barricaded subject to exit the bank were not successful, the HCSO SWAT team entered the bank and continued the negotiations. The suspect eventually surrendered to the HCSO SWAT team.
The situation is confined to the bank and there is no danger to the surrounding area. US 27 continues to be closed in both directions from Golfview Drive to Lakeview Drive.
We’ll update you as we find out more.