Texas officials are responding to news of the hostage situation at the Colleyville Synagogue

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Lawmakers and officials across Texas are responding to news of a hostage situation in a Jewish synagogue where three people have reportedly been detained.

Authorities said a man apparently took hostages Saturday during worship services at a Texas synagogue, where the suspect could be heard furiously angry in a livestream before the feed was interrupted.

A police car on duty near the synagogue, where a man has taken several hostages.

A police car on duty near the synagogue, where a man has taken several hostages.
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Colleyville Police Department tweeted Saturday afternoon that it conducted SWAT operations at the address of the Congregation Beth Israel, northeast of Fort Worth.

At least four hostages are believed to be inside the synagogue, according to two law enforcement officials who were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation and who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The synagogue’s rabbis are believed to be among the hostages, one of the officials said.

Congregation Beth Israel.

Congregation Beth Israel.
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Reactions from Texas officials immediately began pouring in when the news broke.

“The Texas Dept. of Public Safety is on the scene of the tense hostage situation in Colleyville, Texas,” tweeted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. “They work with local and federal teams to achieve the best and safest outcome. I continue to monitor the situation through DPS.”

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“As a precaution, @DallasPD deploying additional patrols to Dallas synagogues and elsewhere, “Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson tweeted.” Police are working with the Jewish Federation and our local, state and federal partners to monitor any concerns or threats based on the situation in Colleyville. “

Texas state troops and police near Colleyville Synagogue, where a man is holding several hostages.

Texas state troops and police near Colleyville Synagogue, where a man is holding several hostages.
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“I’m closely monitoring the Texas SWAT operation at a synagogue in the Dallas area today,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted. “My office is ready to help @ColleyvillePD. “

“Heidi and I are praying for them in the Beth Israel Congregation in Colleyville and for the SWAT team and all other law enforcement agencies on site that are responding,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz wrote. “My staff and I are closely monitoring the situation and are in close contact with local and national authorities.”

“Sending strength to Colleyville as another Texas community is tragically targeted by an armed man,” tweeted former Texas congressman and gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke. “If you are in the area, please heed the warnings of local officials and avoid the vicinity of the Congregation’s Beth Israel Synagogue. You can find updates in this thread.”

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“Just informed about the situation in the Beth Israel Congregation in Colleyville by the DHS Secretary, and I will continue to monitor,” wrote Texas Senator John Cornyn. “Please pray for the hostages inside and the law enforcement on the spot.”

“Join me in asking for a safe and speedy recovery of everyone in the Beth Israel Congregation, including our law enforcers responding in Colleyville,” the rep tweeted. Tony Gonzales of Texas’ 23rd District.

FBI Dallas spokeswoman Katie Chaumont said an FBI SWAT team was also on the scene and that crisis negotiators had communicated with someone inside the synagogue. But she could not say whether the person was armed, and she declined to describe what the person had said to authorities with reference to surgical sensitivity.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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