Sniper Fatally Shoots Bank Robber Holding Hostages Through Computer Monitor

By Bill Galluccio

June 10, 2024

Equipped police SWAT sniper shooting with rifle
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The Lee County Sheriff's Office released a stunning new video that captured the moment a police sniper took out a bank robber who was holding a hostage with a knife to her neck.

The incident occurred on February 6 at a Bank of America in Fort Myers when 36-year-old Sterling Alavache stormed into the bank and took a man and woman hostage, claiming to have a bomb.

While officers tried to talk down Alavache, he refused to let the hostages go.

When Alavache put a knife to the woman's throat, officials decided it was necessary to use deadly force. LCSO public information officer Lieutenant Todd Olmer said that a sniper with the special operations unit fired a "planned and deliberate shot through a computer monitor," striking Alavache in the head.

He was killed instantly.

"Firing through barriers is a trained and routinely practiced skill by Lee County Sheriff's Special Operations Unit snipers," Olmer explained. "The .308 caliber bullet used is specifically selected due to its known ballistic reliability traveling through intermediate barriers."

The SWAT team then tossed a flashbang into the room and safely secured the prisoners, bringing the hostage situation to an end.

𝐍𝐄𝐖𝐋𝐘 𝐑𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐒𝐄𝐃 𝐅𝐎𝐎𝐓𝐀𝐆𝐄 𝐈𝐍𝐒𝐈𝐃𝐄 𝐃𝐄𝐀𝐃𝐋𝐘 𝐁𝐀𝐍𝐊 𝐎𝐅 𝐀𝐌𝐄𝐑𝐈𝐂𝐀 𝐇𝐎𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐆𝐄 𝐈𝐍𝐂𝐈𝐃𝐄𝐍𝐓. This footage is now being released to provide more context behind the fatal suspect standoff inside Bank of America that occurred in Fort Myers on February 7th. Our Special Operations Unit, Hostage Negotiations Team, and Patrol Bureau, train regularly so that all options are available when volatile situations like this arise. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 𝐢𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐢𝐜 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐝.

Posted by Lee County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, June 8, 2024
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