Five people shot dead at SunTrust Bank in Florida, suspect in custody

A suspected gunman was in custody Wednesday after five people were shot dead at a SunTrust bank in Sebring, Florida, according to police and local officials.

The Highlands County sheriff's office said a SWAT team stormed the bank after negotiations failed and the suspect "eventually surrendered."

Sebring police officials say the suspect called authorities around 12:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday and said he had opened fire inside the bank, according to NBC affiliate WFLA.

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A Sebring, Fla., police officer stands near a Highlands County Sheriff's SWAT vehicle that is stationed in front of a SunTrust Bank branch, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Sebring, Fla., where authorities say five people were shot and killed. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
This undated photo provided by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office shows Zephen Xaver. Xaver opened fire inside a Florida bank Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, killing several people before surrendering to a SWAT team, police said. (Highlands County Sheriff's Office via AP)
Law enforcement officials take cover outside the SunTrust Bank branch, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Sebring, Fla. Authorities say they've arrested a man who fired shots inside the Florida bank. (Highlands NewsSun via AP)
A sheriff's department armored vehicle is shown at the SunTrust Bank branch, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Sebring, Fla. Authorities say they've arrested a man who fired shots inside the Florida bank. (Highlands NewsSun via AP)
Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund wipes his head as he listens to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speak during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Sebring, Fla., after authorities said five people were shot and killed at a SunTrust bank branch. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Law enforcement officials take cover outside the SunTrust Bank branch, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Sebring, Fla. Authorities say they've arrested a man who fired shots inside the Florida bank. (Highlands NewsSun via AP)
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, gestures as he speaks during a news conference alongside Sebring, Fla., police chief Karl Hoglund, left, and Highlands County sheriff Paul Blackman, right, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Sebring, Fla., after authorities said five people were shot and killed at a SunTrust bank branch. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
A Highlands County Sheriff's SWAT vehicle is stationed out in front of a SunTrust Bank branch, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Sebring, Fla., where authorities say five people were shot and killed. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Law enforcement officials stand out in front of a SunTrust Bank branch, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Sebring, Fla., where authorities say five people were shot and killed (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis leaves a news conference with Highlands County sheriff Paul Blackman, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Sebring, Fla., after authorities said five people were shot and killed at a SunTrust Bank branch. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Law enforcement officers look over papers out in front of a SunTrust bank, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Sebring, Fla., where authorities say five people were shot and killed (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Law enforcement officers stand near a Florida Department of Law Enforcement vehicle that is parked in front of SunTrust Bank branch, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Sebring, Fla., where authorities say five people were shot and killed. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Law enforcement officials climb out a FBI mobile command center vehicle that is parked in front of a SunTrust Bank branch, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Sebring, Fla., where authorities say five people were shot and killed. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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The Sebring police also released a statement on Facebook advising people of an "ongoing law enforcement incident."

"US 27 is shut down in both directions from Golfview to Drive to Lakeview Drive due to an ongoing law enforcement incident," the post said. "Co-workers and family members of anyone who was at the SunTrust branch during today's incident should go to Inn on the Lakes."

A spokeswoman for SunTrust said in a statement that the bank is working with law enforcement.

"We are working closely with officials and seeking to take care of everyone involved," the statement said.

Sebring is in central Florida, about two hours south of Orlando.

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