Florida Police Send in SWAT Team After Man Kills 6, Holds Hostages


With six people already shot dead and crazed gunman Pedro Vargas holding two hostages in a bullet-riddled Hialeah, Fl., apartment building, Police Chief Sergio Velazquez made the decision every top cop dreads: Send in the SWAT team, the Miami Herald reports. “It was a very difficult decision,” Velazquez said. “because I not only have the lives of the two hostages that we want to rescue, but I have in my hands the lives of the six police officers that I'm sending in to confront this man.” “It’s almost like this was out of a movie,” said police union president John Rivera. “They went in and almost simultaneously begin engaging the shooter while grabbing the hostages, passing them to the next SWAT member like a conveyor belt.” Vargas, 42, who had no criminal record or known history of violence or mental illness, was killed. Detectives aren't certain of the motive for the killings, possibly a dispute with the building's managers. Vargas set a stack of cash ablaze in his apartment Friday evening.

Comments are closed.


You have Free articles left this month.

Want access to all our reporting? Subscribe for unlimited access or login.