5 killed at Florida bank, suspect in custody following SWAT negotiation

January 23, 2019 - 4:59 pm

SEBRING, Florida (1010 WINS/AP) -- Five people were fatally shot inside a SunTrust Bank in Sebring, Florida, police announced Wednesday afternoon.

Following a SWAT negotiation, the suspect was arrested and placed in custody. 

The Sebring Police Department posted on Facebook that officers responded to a SunTrust Bank branch Wednesday afternoon. Officials didn't immediately say if anyone was injured or killed, but live video from the scene showed medical gurneys outside the bank.

The online statement says someone contacted dispatch and reported that he had fired shots inside the bank. Police say initial negotiations to get the barricaded man to leave the bank were unsuccessful. The Highlands County Sheriff's Office SWAT team entered the bank to continue the negotiations, and the suspect eventually surrendered.

The shooting and standoff closed the city's main street in both directions.