Rockford bank hostage suspect surrenders after 6 1/2 hour standoff

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) —

UPDATE (9:00 p.m.) — A gunman who held a hostage inside the Heritage Credit Union at E. State Street and Mulford Road for six and a half hours Friday has surrendered to police.

ORIGINAL STORY: A gunman has taken at least one hostage inside the Heritage Credit Union location at E. State Street and Mulford Road.

Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea says police were called at 2:30 p.m. about a male suspect inside the bank, located at 5959 E State Street, with a gun and demanded everyone leave.

Police believe one person is still inside the bank and the police department’s crisis negotiation team is attempting to make contact with the suspect.

The FBI is assisting Rockford Police with the situation.

Police say the roads will be shut down in all directions for an unknown amount of time.

This is a developing story.

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