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Bank Robber Killed by Police Sniper After Hostage Standoff

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A suspected bank robber, Sterling Ramon Alavache, was shot and killed by a law enforcement sniper in Florida after holding two people hostage at knifepoint.

Alavache had a history of criminal activity, including drug trafficking and aggravated assault.

The incident took place at a Bank of America branch in Fort Meyers, where deputies arrived to find hostages being held.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office stated, “Quickly, we were face-to-face with a male suspect who was armed with a knife.”

“He also claimed he had a bomb,” they continued.

After negotiations failed and the suspect threatened a hostage, the SWAT sniper intervened, ensuring the safety of the hostages.

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said, “When he presented deadly force like that, our SWAT sniper shot and killed the suspect.”

“We were in fear for her life and her safety,” he explained.

The sheriff emphasized the importance of remaining vigilant and expressed gratitude that no one was injured during the incident.

Marceno later posted, “It’s a sad day when innocent lives are placed in jeopardy due to the senseless acts of others.”

“My family members were faced with a tough decision today to neutralize an active threat to the public during a very volatile situation,” he continued.

“Let this serve as a reminder of how important it is to remain vigilant. I’m beyond grateful none of the victims or my team were injured today,” added the sheriff.

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