Police in Florida arrest bank robbery suspect, free 11 hostages

Police arrested a suspected bank robber and freed 11 people who were briefly taken hostage during an attempted heist at a bank in Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday, authorities said.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the suspect had been armed with a handgun but that no one was shot.

"Reports of people shot are inaccurate and untrue," the sheriff's office said on Twitter.

Law enforcement officers had raced to the Community First Credit Union bank after receiving a call just after 9:00 a.m. reporting a robbery there.

A sheriff's office spokeswoman said the suspect barricaded himself inside the building with the hostages, while SWAT team officers and negotiators sought to contact the suspect.

(Reporting by Daniel Wallis in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and James Dalgleish)

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Oh cool Jacksonville in national news. "Armed robbery with hostage situation". Oh cool the dirty in national news.
We're waiting now on #JSO Sheriff Mike Williams to address media any moment on hostage situation, now safely resolved. @FCN2go
Has holding people hostage ever ended well for anybody? I mean, how do you expect it to end?
Thankful to hear the hostage situation at this credit union is over. https://t.co/kanzERcB1b
@FoxNews how about a pat on the back for that hostage negotiator! Well done who ever it was!
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