SWAT Response Turns Jacksonville Into 'War Zone'

SWAT officers responded to a reported incident in Jacksonville, Florida, on Thursday, January 6, blocking off traffic near a strip mall.

This footage, recorded by Mike McDaniel, shows a heavy police presence along Southside Boulevard in Jacksonville. An armored SWAT vehicle can be seen moving across the road. McDaniel says in the video that it looks like a “war zone.”

According to local press reports, the law enforcement response was due to a potential hostage situation in the area.

Shortly after 3:30, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office tweeted that roads had been reopened in the area, but did not provide further details. Credit: Mike McDaniel via Storyful

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