TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Tuscaloosa Police say a hostage situation at a credit union on Bryant Drive was resolved peacefully on Tuesday morning.
The man suspected of holding 11 people hostage is in custody, and all employees of Alabama Credit Union are safe.
We've learned the suspect is 18 years old. Police have identified him as Cedrick Lamar Collins, 18, of Tuscaloosa. This, according to WVUA23. Collins is charged with first-degree robbery, but more charges are expected.
Collins has no known affiliation with the University, according to a campus spokesperson.
The University issued an alert just after 8 a.m. urging people to stay away from the area. Law enforcement officers were called to a report of a person with a gun at the credit union, located at 220 E. Paul W. Bryant Drive. This is just near the UA Law School.
Tuscaloosa Police Lt. Teena Richardson said the call was about a man with a gun. He went inside the building and took the employees inside hostage. No customers were present yet, Richardson said.
It's not clear yet why the suspect did this.
A SWAT team was called in, and a helicopter also hovered above the area.
Bryant Drive was closed for a few hours during the standoff and afterwards, as police gathered evidence and cleared the scene.
Classes are not scheduled to resume until Wednesday, but many students and employees are back on campus.