Multiple law enforcement agencies are responding to a possible hostage situation at a McDonald’s in Lakeland, Florida.
It’s been reported the situation developed after suspects ran into the fast food restaurant following an alleged armed carjacking.
The carjacking reportedly happened at 1608 Ladora Drive in Brandon, Hillsborough just before 7:30 a.m.
A suspect fled from deputies eastbound into Polk County. He stopped at the McDonalds on the South Frontage road and ran inside, the Sheriff’s Office said, according to The Tampa Bay Times.
— Katie Jones (@KJones821) 8 October 2016
NEW: Officers telling people in nearby businesses to be cautious. Perimeter set up around the McDonalds b/c of possible hostage situation.
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Although some people reportedly fled the McDonald’s in Lakeland, Polk County, when the suspects entered, some employees are said to be still inside the premises.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office are leading the investigation with assistance from other law enforcement agencies.
The sheriff’s office is due to hold a press conference on the unfolding situation shortly.
Lakeland Police and Polk County are assisting in a his and Hillsborough County S. O. Is the lead. @hcsotampa
— Sgt. Gary B Gross (@GaryBGross) 8 October 2016
Spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, Larry McKinnon, said SWAT and negotiation teams are on standby and the situation is “very fluid”.
Local traffic is congested and all ramps to the County Line road have been closed by Florida Highway Patrol, according to Bay News 9.
UPDATE: Police activity in Hillsborough on I-4 east ramp to Exit 25 County Line Rd and traffic backed up until before Alexander St, …
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