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Police reveal Colleyville synagogue hostage holder ‘deceased’

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Colleyville Police Chief Mike Miller addresses reporters at a staging area near Congregation Beth Israel on January 15, 2022. (Jacob Magid/Times of Israel)
Colleyville Police Chief Mike Miller addresses reporters at a staging area near Congregation Beth Israel on January 15, 2022. (Jacob Magid/Times of Israel)

COLLEYVILLE, Texas — Colleyville Police Chief Mike Miller tells reporters that the gunman who took four people hostage at Congregation Beth Israel is now “deceased.”

The hostages were all freed unharmed after roughly ten hours.

Miller declines to elaborate as to whether the suspect was killed by the SWAT team that entered the synagogue at the end of the crisis or whether he took his own life.

FBI special agent Matthew Desarno tells reporters that the law enforcement has determined the identity of the suspect but is not prepared to divulge it at this time.

“We will conduct an independent investigation,” he adds.

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