Update as of 10:55 a.m. ET – Local media outlets are reporting that 12 people were released from the home. Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance confirmed to WJTV that police are still working to remove the suspect and any other people from the home.
JACKSON, Miss.—Jackson police are on the scene of a hostage situation on the city’s south side.
Police Chief Lee Vance tells local media outlets 11 or 12 people were in the rooming house at the time that the hostage situation began about 5 a.m. Thursday.
Vance say police have rescued at least six people that were in the home.
No injuries have been reported.
Vance says police have identified the suspect, but are not yet releasing that information.
The chief says a 911 call came from someone that was being held against their will inside the home. He says an officer responded to the address and knocked on the front door the suspect answered the knock, but immediately slammed it shut.
Vance says an FBI negotiation team was called in to assist, but there has been no direct communication with the man.
Jackson fire department command center leaving scene of hostage situation. pic.twitter.com/MStsICs9Ce
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Jackson police and Jackson schools police at a roadblock near a possible hostage situation in south Jackson pic.twitter.com/tyFbNyaikh
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