Hostage situation at Tuscaloosa, Ala., credit union ends peacefully

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Jan. 10 (UPI) — A hostage situation at a Tuscaloosa, Ala., credit union ended peacefully Tuesday with one gunman detained, police said.

The Tuscaloosa Police Department, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the police department of the nearby University of Alabama assisted the FBI, Lt. Teena Richardson of the Tuscaloosa Police Department said.

Bryant Drive was closed down, and an FBI negotiator was in the Alabama Credit Union building. A SWAT team was at the site, a police helicopter was flying above it and police had begun evacuating nearby businesses. A campus-wide alert ordered those at the college to stay away from the area, and it remains unknown how many hostages were in the building.

After the incident was successfully ended,Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Andersen said robbery was the suspect’s motive.

The incident began at 8:30 a.m., prior to the credit union’s opening, WIAT-TV, Birmingham, reported. Several people at the credit union left the building during the day, and by noon, the suspect was detained.

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