Authorities say a man apparently took a hostage Saturday during services at a synagogue near Fort Worth, Texas.
The Colleyville Police Department tweeted Saturday afternoon that it was conducting a SWAT campaign to address the congregation Beth Israel.
According to two law enforcement officers who were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation and who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, at least four hostages were believed to be inside the synagogue. One of the officials said the synagogue’s rabbi is believed to be one of the hostages.
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FBI Dallas spokeswoman Katie Chaumont said an FBI SWAT team was also at the scene and crisis negotiators were communicating with someone inside the synagogue. But she could not say whether the man was armed, and declined to describe what she had told officers, citing operational sensitivity.
Chaumont said police were first called to the synagogue around 11 a.m. and people were evacuated from the surrounding areas soon after.
Chaumont said no one was reported injured.
“This is an emerging situation, and we have a lot of law enforcement personnel,” Chaumont said.
Law enforcement closed access to the streets around the synagogue on Saturday afternoon.
The services were being livestreamed on the synagogue’s Facebook page for some time. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that an angry man could be heard boasting and talking about religion several times during the livestream, which did not show what was happening inside the synagogue.
Shortly before 2 p.m., the man said, “You have to do something. I don’t want to see this man dead.” Moments later, the feed cut off.
Collyville, a community of about 26,000 people, is approximately 23 kilometers (15 mi) northeast of Fort Worth.