Dramatic video shows gunman who took woman hostage inside Illinois bank surrender to police

A hostage standoff has ended peacefully in Illinois where a gunman who barricaded himself inside a bank surrendered to police after nearly seven hours of negotiations.

Dramatic video footage shows heavily armed SWAT team officers take a gunman into custody after a six-and-a-half hour standoff at Heritage Credit Union in Rockford on Friday. 

The footage from WTVO-TV shows a man believed to be the gunman and his hostage, a woman, emerge from the bank with their hands up.

The tense scene begins as the entrance door to the bank opens. The suspect and the hostage then slowly walk out with their hands in the air.

Video footage shows the dramatic end to a tense six-and-a-half hour standoff at a Rockford, Illinois, bank, where a gunman took a woman hostage. The woman is seen with her hands up while the suspect is a few feet behind her kneeling on Friday night

Video footage shows the dramatic end to a tense six-and-a-half hour standoff at a Rockford, Illinois, bank, where a gunman took a woman hostage. The woman is seen with her hands up while the suspect is a few feet behind her kneeling on Friday night

Video footage shows the dramatic end to a tense six-and-a-half hour standoff at a Rockford, Illinois, bank, where a gunman took a woman hostage. The woman is seen with her hands up while the suspect is a few feet behind her kneeling on Friday night

Officers arrest the suspect, who is  tackled to the ground on the left, while the hostage (right) is quickly ushered away from the scene

Officers arrest the suspect, who is  tackled to the ground on the left, while the hostage (right) is quickly ushered away from the scene

Officers arrest the suspect, who is  tackled to the ground on the left, while the hostage (right) is quickly ushered away from the scene

Officers then take the suspect (seen above in a dark-colored knitted cap) into custody

Officers then take the suspect (seen above in a dark-colored knitted cap) into custody

Officers then take the suspect (seen above in a dark-colored knitted cap) into custody

SWAT officers then order the man to get on his knees while keeping his hands in the air.

The woman is then seen standing still with her hands above her shoulders.

The officers, who are holding ballistic shields, slowly approach the hostage-taker as he is kneeling just a few feet away.

One of the officers then grabs the man’s hands and places them in handcuffs.

Two other officers take hold of the woman and quickly usher her away from the suspect. 

Moments later, as the suspect is held down against the ground, officers remove what appears to be the gun used to hold up the bank.

The arresting officers then lift the man up off the ground. He is wearing a knitted dark-colored cap.

The suspect is a white male. Authorities have yet to release information as to his identity. 

Police say the man entered Heritage Credit Union in Rockford at around 2.30pm and demanded people leave, WREX reports.

Not everyone was able to exit the building at at 5959 E. State Street and the man barricaded himself inside. 

Police say the man entered Heritage Credit Union in Rockford at around 2.30pm. Officers are pictured at the scene

Police say the man entered Heritage Credit Union in Rockford at around 2.30pm. Officers are pictured at the scene

Police say the man entered Heritage Credit Union in Rockford at around 2.30pm. Officers are pictured at the scene

The gunman demanded people leave. Not everyone was able to exit the building at at 5959 E. State Street and the man barricaded himself inside

The gunman demanded people leave. Not everyone was able to exit the building at at 5959 E. State Street and the man barricaded himself inside

The gunman demanded people leave. Not everyone was able to exit the building at at 5959 E. State Street and the man barricaded himself inside

Rockford Police tweeted: ‘ARMED ROBBERY: This afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m. there was an armed robbery at the Heritage Bank on State and Mulford. 

‘The armed suspect has barricaded himself inside with one or more employees or customers.’ 

The department later updated followers, writing: ‘UPDATE: At this time, one hostage is believed to be inside the credit union with the suspect. Officers are still working to resolve the incident peacefully.’

Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea told reporters: ‘We’re trying to make communications with him with our crisis negotiation team.

‘No one is hurt at this point that we’re aware of… hopefully we can resolve this peacefully and soon.’

Police have advised people to avoid the area. The FBI is assisting local law enforcement.  

Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea told reporters: 'We’re trying to make communications with him with our crisis negotiation team'

Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea told reporters: 'We’re trying to make communications with him with our crisis negotiation team'

Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea told reporters: ‘We’re trying to make communications with him with our crisis negotiation team’

Rockford Police tweeted: 'ARMED ROBBERY: This afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m. there was an armed robbery at the Heritage Bank on State and Mulford. The armed suspect has barricaded himself inside with one or more employees or customers'

Rockford Police tweeted: 'ARMED ROBBERY: This afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m. there was an armed robbery at the Heritage Bank on State and Mulford. The armed suspect has barricaded himself inside with one or more employees or customers'

Rockford Police tweeted: ‘ARMED ROBBERY: This afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m. there was an armed robbery at the Heritage Bank on State and Mulford. The armed suspect has barricaded himself inside with one or more employees or customers’

 

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