Zephen Xaver, a 21-year-old from Sebring, Florida, has been identified as the man taken into police custody in connection to the shooting and hostage situation that unfolded at the SunTrust Bank in Sebring, Florida. “Multiple” people were reportedly injured in the shooting and Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund says at least five people were killed as a result.
“At approximately 12:36 p.m. today, the Sebring Police Department responded to the SunTrust Bank at 1901 US 27 South in Sebring. A subject contacted dispatch and reported that he had fired shots inside the bank,” the Department said in an official statement.
“SPD officers and deputies from the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and established a perimeter. After negotiations to try to get the barricaded subject to exit the bank were not successful, the HCSO SWAT team entered the bank and continued the negotiations. The suspect eventually surrendered to the HCSO SWAT team. The situation is confined to the bank and there is no danger to the surrounding area. US 27 continues to be closed in both directions from Golfview Drive to Lakeview Drive.”
Xaver’s identity was announced at a 4:30 p.m. news conference at the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 12:36 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, the Sebring Police Department responded to the SunTrust Bank at 1901 US 27 South in Sebring after Zephen Xaver contacted authorities and reported that he had fired shots inside the bank.
After Xaver contacted police, Sebring Police Department officers, deputies from the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, K-9 units and the SWAT team responded to the scene.
Xaver eventually surrendered to police after killing “at least” five people. At this time, Xaver’s motive is not known at this time.
A spokesperson on behalf of SunTrust said that the bank is cooperating with authorities:
“We are working closely with officials and seeking to take care of everyone involved. We will provide more information as soon as we can.”
The names of the five victims have not been released at this time.
Who Is Zephen Xaver?
Zephen Xaver, 21, is the suspect responsible for today’s active shooting and hostage situation at the SunTrust Bank in Sebring, Florida. Xaver, who is reportedly from Sebring, Florida, is currently in police custody.
Xaver’s Facebook profile includes a disturbing cover photo of what appears to be the grim reaper. The Facebook page, which identifies his residence as Sebring, Florida, only has nine friends.