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SWAT storms bank, frees hostage, shoots suspect (Updated)

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The hostage situation at a Buena Park bank has ended. The bank's doors were blown open and police entered the bank with guns drawn around 3 p.m., NBC LA reported.

KCAL 9 reported that the suspect was shot, but it was unknown what injuries the suspect sustained. The female bank manager was taken to the command post and appeared uninjured, according to reports. Her name has not been released.

Buena Park police Cpl. Andy Luong confirmed that the SWAT team entered the bank and that the suspect was "down." An ambulance was seen leaving the shopping center.

Authorities received a call about a bank robbery just before noon after an armed suspect entered Saehan Bank. The suspect ordered all the employees, except for the manager, to leave the building.

Update 4:20 p.m. The bomb squad is investigating "suspicious devices" left in the bank by the suspect, says KTLA's David Begnaud. Two officers are also reported to have sustained minor injuries during the hostage rescue. 


Manager being held hostage at Buena Park bank

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A dangerous situation is unfolding at Buena Park bank where a gunman is holding at least one person hostage, multiple outlets are reporting. The hostage situation might be part of a personal or workplace dispute, according to the L.A. Times.

A suspect with a gun is believed to be holding a manager hostage inside Saehan Bank at 4542 Beach Blvd., police said. The manager is a woman. Authorities received a call about a bank robbery just before noon.

Employees were ordered by the suspect to leave the building, but the manager was reportedly held.

The branch has been surrounded by federal and local authorities and part of Beach Boulevard has been shut down. The area, including neighboring businesses, is being evacuated as officials are attempting to contact the gunman.

A SWAT team is outside the bank, with more on the way, KCAL 9 reports.