Hostage situation reported near University of Alabama campus

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Police say a man was arrested after a hostage situation near the University of Alabama, and all the hostages are reported unharmed.

Lt. Teena Richardson, a Tuscaloosa police spokeswoman, said the incident Tuesday morning ended peacefully and said “The hostages are fine.” She said there were about eight hostages. She said the man had a gun.

It happened at an Alabama Credit Union branch across the street from the UA law school.

Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson said officers initially responded to a bank robbery in progress. He contradicted an earlier statement from a police spokeswoman that a robbery hadn’t been reported.

Most students return to class Wednesday, but many already were on campus.

Officers closed the area, and video and photos showed police in military-style vehicles and tactical gear.

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UPDATE:

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Police spokeswoman: Suspect arrested, hostages are “fine” after Alabama incident.
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Police are responding to reports of a hostage standoff near the University of Alabama campus.

Campus officials sent an alert on twitter Tuesday saying police from the university and city received a report of a robbery and hostage situation at an Alabama Credit Union branch.

The bank is located across the street from the UA law school.

Officers have closed the area, and video and photos from area media show police in military-style vehicles and tactical gear. A police helicopter is overhead.

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Tuscaloosa Hostage

Chris Wright
@wrightc214

@espn too late. Someone already has hostages in Tuscaloosa! https://t.co/uwfeiaK3JC

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