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Florida Sniper Shoots Bank Robber Through Computer Monitor To Rescue Hostage

Crime scene tape blocks the Fairfax, Va., office building where police say a man wielding a baseball bat attacked two staffers for U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., on Monday, May 15, 2023. Fairfax City Police in northern Virginia said in a tweet that a suspect is in custody and the victims are being treated for injuries that are not life-threatening. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office (FL) released video footage over the weekend that showed the moment a police sniper shot through a computer monitor to kill a bank robber who took hostages.

The incident happened in February when an unnamed 36-year-old man armed with a knife and claimed to have a bomb entered a Bank of America branch in Fort Myers.

“He had two hostages at this point and we tried to negotiate with him continuously,” Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said at the time. “At one point during negotiations he became physical, he started to put one of the hostages in a headlock and he had the knife to her throat.”

“SWAT team was in place, when he presented deadly like that, our SWAT sniper shot and killed the suspect,” he added.

Police said in a video released on Saturday that the sniper rested his rifle on the shoulder of one of the other SWAT team members as the team stood in the lobby of the bank.

The video shows that given the number of SWAT team members present and the position of the sniper, it would have been difficult for the suspect to see that law enforcement was preparing to neutralize him.

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