Man Takes Hostages At Synagogue In Colleyville, Texas

January 15, 2022

By: Mary Moore

Photo: Jessika Harkay 

Update: The suspect was killed by law enforcement and all hostages have been released, according to the FBI during a press conference. 

Update: One male hostage has been released unharmed.

Fort Worth police and the FBI are in negotiations with a man who’s taken victims at a synagogue shortly before 2 p.m. as the church was live streaming their service in Collyville, Texas, according to the Fort Worth Star.

As of now there are at least four hostages, including the Rabbi of the synagogue that's being held and it’s not known if the suspect is armed.

The man was heard ranting about his sister and Islam as Swat arrived to the scene.

This situation may be categorized as a terrorist act since the suspect has asked for a female terrorist named Aafia Siddiqui to be released from a federal jail in Texas.

Siddiqui was incarcerated in 2010 and is currently serving 86 years for attempted murder and assault of United States officers and employees in Afghanistan in 2008. Siddiqui became the first female terrorism defendant arrested after 9/11, Star Telegram reports.

Colleyville Police posted a Tweet saying to avoid the area. “The situation at the 6100 block of Pleasant Run Road posted about earlier remains ongoing. We ask that you continue to avoid the area. We will continue to provide updates via social media.”

President Biden has been briefed and is monitoring the situation. 

Press Secretary Jen Psaki psted to Twitter: " Potus has been briefed about the developing hostage situation in the Dallas area. He will continue to receive updates from his senior team as the situation develops.  Senior members of the national security team are also in touch with federal law enforcement leadership."

We will provide updates since this is still a developing story.