JUST IN: Door of Cobb bank breached; standoff continues – Atlanta Journal Constitution
2:46 p.m.: “It appears a member of the tactical team, when we made contact trying to extract the hostages, may have been responsible for the deceased,” Cobb police Chief Mike Register said.
2:22 p.m.: Channel 2 Action News has obtained video showing the hostages coming out of the Wells Fargo on Windy Hill Road near Marietta.
2:06 p.m.: A bomb robot placed the suspect’s backpack in a canister. The suspect claimed it contained explosives, police said.
1:54 p.m.: Cobb police Chief Mike Register said the man indicated he had enough explosive material that police were concerned not only about the bank but the surrounding area.
1:53 p.m.: Police are still trying to determine if there were explosives in the backpack.
1:52 p.m.: “It appears some of his grievances were with military entities,” Cobb police Chief Mike Register said.
1:51 p.m.: The suspect was carrying a backpack, police said. When asked if the man made any aggressive moves toward the officer before he was shot and killed, Cobb police Chief Mike Register said he wouldn’t comment. “We have a suspect that communicated that he had a large amount of explosives,” he said.
1:51 p.m.: The two employees who were held were both women, police said.
1:51 p.m.: GBI is on the way, according to police.
1:49 p.m.: A suspect in an hours-long bank standoff has died, Cobb police Chief Mike Register said during an afternoon press conference. “It’s unfortunate when something like this happens,” he said. “It’s not something we want to happen but unfortunately to preserve life sometimes it becomes necessary.”
1:42 p.m.: Robots found the suspect down inside the bank, sources told Channel 2 Action News.
1:23 p.m.: Police have breached the door to Cobb County bank and have visual with suspect, according to Channel 2 Action News.
1:21 p.m.: Police plan to provide another update 1:30 p.m.
1:20 p.m.: With bank employees outside and away from the man assumed to be armed, police are moving on with their operation in the standoff that has been going on inside a Marietta branch of Wells Fargo since 9:30 a.m.
12:56 p.m.: Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Ben Brasch has the latest on a standoff at a Cobb County Wells Fargo bank.
12:47 p.m.: While no more hostages are in the bank, the standoff continues, officials said. “If what he’s telling us is true,” Cobb police Sgt. Dana Pierce said, “then we still have to treat this as a dangerous situation.”
12:41 p.m.: “We are not in communication” with the suspect at this moment, police said. He has made demands, but police have not specified what those demands were.
UPDATE [12:41 p.m.]: No more hostages are inside the bank, Cobb police Sgt. Dana Pierce said. “We do not have anyone inside the bank except for that individual,” he said, referring to the man who was holding employees hostage.
ORIGINAL STORY: A man who described himself as a homeless veteran called Channel 2 Action News on Friday and said he had a bomb and two hostages inside a Cobb County bank.