Hostage taker dead, apparently killed in rescue operation

The man who took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue is dead, according to a local reporter.

Matt Leclercq, an editor for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, says “The hostage-taker at Colleyville Beth Israel synagogue is dead.”

A law enforcement official later confirms the death to The Associated Press.

His death apparently came during a rescue operation.

Reporters at the scene heard loud bangs and were told law enforcement had cut power to the synagogue.

Shortly after, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that all hostages had been released “alive and safe.”

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