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Three remaining hostages at a Texas synagogue were “out alive and safe,” ending an ordeal that began hours earlier, according to a Twitter message late Saturday from Gov. Greg Abbott.
“Prayers answered,” Abbott wrote. “All hostages are out alive and safe.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Not long before the governor’s message, a loud bang and the sound of gunfire were heard at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, near Fort Worth, as authorities worked to free the hostages, The Associated Press reported.
All hostages are out alive and safe.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 16, 2022
Matt Leclercq, editor of the Dallas Star Telegram, announced on Twitter, “The hostage-taker at Colleyville Beth Israel synagogue is dead.”
The hostage-taker at Colleyville Beth Israel synagogue is dead.
— Matt Leclercq (@Matt_Leclercq) January 16, 2022
The identity of the hostage-taker was not immediately released, but Colleyville police Chief Michael Miller confirmed to reporters, “The subject is deceased.”
Miller said, “Around 9 p.m., the HRT (hostage rescue team) breached the synagogue, they rescued the three hostages, the suspect is deceased.”
FBI Special Agent Matt DeSarno, said at a news conference there is no sign yet that the incident is part of “any ongoing threat,” adding that their investigation will continue into the suspect’s contacts and motives, and authorities are already in touch with officials in other countries.
The Colleyville Police announced on Twitter at 9:55 p.m.: “The SWAT situation in Colleyville is resolved and all hostages are safe. We continue to work in partnership with the FBI to finalize all details. We will be addressing the media staging area at Good Shepherd Catholic Church at 10:15pm with an update.”
Update at 9:55pm: The SWAT situation in Colleyville is resolved and all hostages are safe. We continue to work in partnership with the FBI to finalize all details. We will be addressing the media staging area at Good Shepherd Catholic Church at 10:15pm with an update.
— Colleyville Police (@ColleyvillePD) January 16, 2022
The suspect had entered the Jewish synagogue during services Saturday morning, and reportedly said, “I’m going to die at the end of this, alright? Are you listening? I am going to die. OK? So don’t cry for me.”
The report also explained:
The suspect was said to be a supporter of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who was sentenced to 86 years in prison in 2010 for attempting to murder and assault U.S. military personnel and was being held at Federal Medical Center Carswell, at a prison in Fort Worth.
BREAKING: All hostages at Texas synagogue ‘out alive and safe’ after hours-long standoff, Gov. Greg Abbott said https://t.co/8JeuUHKubN
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 16, 2022
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