WATCH: Sheriff Office’s Sniper Neutralizes Hostage-Taker in Florida Bank

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Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) in Florida released video footage showing a Special Operations Unit sniper neutralizing an alleged hostage taker on February 7, 2024.

The incident occurred in Fort Myers, where a suspect armed with a knife allegedly took two people hostage inside of a Bank of America. The LCSO Special Ops team gathered, and the sniper rested his .308 caliber rifle on the shoulder of another team member in order to take the shot.

The sniper shot through a computer monitor, which was sitting on a counter between the Special Ops team and the alleged hostage taker. It proved to be a perfectly executed one shot, one kill, scenario.

A different video from another angle was posted by Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno. This second video shows how the Special Ops negotiator kept the alleged hostage taker’s attention while the sniper prepped for the shot.

The alleged hostage taker was killed instantly. ABC News reported that none of the hostages nor Special Ops team members were injured in the incident.

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