All hostages are safe after being held at Texas synagogue, authorities say

The gunman who held four people hostage at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, is now dead, authorities said. The four hostages were physically unharmed.

1/16/2022 9:51:00 PM

All hostages held at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, are now safe and physically unharmed and the suspect is dead after a 10-hour standoff on Saturday in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb.

The gunman who held four people hostage at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, is now dead, authorities said. The four hostages were physically unharmed.

Updated January 16, 2022 at 12:39 AM ETAll hostages held at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, are now safe and physically unharmed and the suspect is dead after a 10-hour standoff on Saturday in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb.Officials say there is no ongoing threat to the community.

A 911 call came in at 10:41 a.m. after a gunman entered the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue during services and took four people hostage, Colleyville Police Chief Michael Miller said Saturday evening.Law enforcement called in a SWAT team and negotiators talked with the hostage-taker throughout the day. The man released one hostage around 5 p.m. local time.

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FBI assisting in hostage situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, TexasThe FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety are assisting a hostage situation at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, according to Colleyville Police Sgt Dara Nelson.

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Texas Police Responding to Hostage Situation at Colleyville SynagogueThe synagogue had been livestreaming its service on Facebook when listeners started to hear muffled audio between an alleged hostage taker and negotiators.

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Police cars remain parked at Good Shepherd Catholic Community church on Saturday in Colleyville, Texas. Authorities said all hostages were freed safely. (Emil Lippe/Getty Images) Updated January 16, 2022 at 12:39 AM ET All hostages held at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, are now safe and physically unharmed and the suspect is dead after a 10-hour standoff on Saturday in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb. Officials say there is no ongoing threat to the community. A 911 call came in at 10:41 a.m. after a gunman entered the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue during services and took four people hostage, Colleyville Police Chief Michael Miller said Saturday evening. Law enforcement called in a SWAT team and negotiators talked with the hostage-taker throughout the day. The man released one hostage around 5 p.m. local time. "It's very likely this situation would have ended very badly early on in the day had we not had professional, consistent negotiation with the subject," FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matt DeSarno told reporters. A special FBI hostage rescue team flew in from Quantico, Va., Miller said. The team moved in at 9 p.m. and rescued the three remaining hostages and the suspected hostage-taker was left dead. Some 200 law enforcement personnel took part in the operation, police said. "Prayers answered. All hostages are out alive and safe," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wrote on Twitter late Saturday. "We're thankful that this came to a very positive resolution," police chief Miller said. SWAT team members deploy near the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, near Dallas, on Saturday. (Andy Jacobsohn/AFP via Getty Images) The hostage-taker was heard on a livestream of the Shabbat service A Shabbat service was scheduled at the Congregation Beth Israel at 10 a.m. A Facebook livestream of the service ended just before 2 p.m. The stream did not feature people on screen, but a man could be heard, speaking loudly and angrily at times. The Associated Press reported that the man was heard on the livestream demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist serving an 86-year sentence in a Texas prison. Siddiqui was convicted in 2010 of shooting at U.S. soldiers and officials in Afghanistan after they arrested her on suspicion of terrorism in 2008. Law enforcement officials would not confirm the suspect's identity, motives or demands, saying it was an ongoing investigation but there was no indication of any ongoing threat. DeSarno said the man was"singularly focused on one issue" in his demands and it was not specifically related to the Jewish community. The long history of antisemitic attacks The incident spurred memories of the long history of antisemitic attacks in the U.S. and