Wednesday afternoon at around 12:30 p.m. Sebring Police Department (SPD) received a phone call from a man saying he had killed five people within a bank.
Officers rushed to the scene, but the gun man had barricaded himself inside. All negotiations by police failed to encourage the suspect out of the building, forcing police to send in the SWAT Team.
The SWAT Team used an armored vehicle to ram the front doors of the bank in order to gain access.
Perhaps realizing his end was imminent, the killer then surrendered to police.
Motives for the senseless shooting have not yet been determined for the man who had recently resigned from attending the correctional officer training he’d started in November.
He left the training program on the 9th of January, but without any reports of disciplinary issues.
He also was attending Salt Lake City-based Stevens-Henager
Online College , but stopped in December of 2018.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a news conference:
“This is an individual that needs to face very swift and exacting justice,”
SunTrust CEO Bill Rogers said in a statement about the shooting at the branch,
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic shooting at our Sebring, Florida branch this afternoon. We are working with officials and dedicating ourselves to fully addressing the needs of all the individuals and families involved. Our entire team mourns this terrible loss.”
“Today has been a tragic day in our community,” Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund said. “We’ve suffered a significant loss at the hands of a senseless criminal doing a senseless crime.”
Details about the victims were not available at the time of writing this article as Police investigators continue to work out the details of the shooting.
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