Police flooded the scene of an 11-person hostage situation in Jacksonville, Florida, after a bank robbery was reported earlier Thursday morning.
As First Coast News reports, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office received two calls this morning around 9:00 a.m., reporting the robbery first and gun shots shortly after.
According to WJXT 4 News, the 11 hostages were safely escorted out of the NW Jacksonville Community First Credit Union by SWAT officers around 11 a.m.
Latasha Shuman, whose teenage son is a credit union employee, is now breathing a sigh of relief, after she called him during the hostage situation, but only got his voicemail.
She told reporters earlier she was “nervous” and “terrified.”
Her son texted her just before he and his fellow hostages were released, saying:
“Mama, I’m safe.”
A mother of an 18 year old bank teller inside credit union just received text from her son in hostage situation "I'm safe." @FCN2go
— Lew Turner (@LewTurner) December 1, 2016
Shuman said she’s just “so relieved” her son is okay.
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office SWAT officers and hostage negotiators worked to resolve the situation and contain the robbery suspect.