Hostages 'fine,' suspect arrested near University of Alabama
TUSCALOOSA – Police say a man was arrested after a hostage situation near the University of Alabama, and all the hostages are reported unharmed.
Lt. Teena Richardson, a Tuscaloosa police spokeswoman, said the incident Tuesday morning ended peacefully and said "The hostages are fine." She said there were about eight hostages. She said the man had a gun.
It happened at an Alabama Credit Union branch across the street from the UA law school.
Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson said officers initially responded to a bank robbery in progress. He contradicted an earlier statement from a police spokeswoman that a robbery hadn't been reported.
Most students return to class Wednesday, but many already were on campus.
Officers closed the area, and police in military-style vehicles and tactical gear were on the scene.