WATCH: Florida Police Sniper Kills Bank Robber Holding Hostages Through Computer Monitor

Newly released footage from a bank robbery earlier this year has gone viral on social media after the video showed the impressive marksmanship of a Lee County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) sniper who successfully neutralized the armed assailant by firing through a computer monitor and killing the robber with a shot to the head.

The robbery, which took place on February 6, occurred at a Bank of America in Fort Myers, Florida. The knife-wielding criminal, 36-year-old Sterling Alavache, took a man and woman hostage as deputies responded to the scene. "When he presented deadly force like that, our SWAT sniper shot and killed the suspect. We were in fear for her life and her safety," Sheriff Carmine Marceno said.

The LCSO Special Operations Unit sniper fired a "planned and deliberate shot through a computer monitor" and neutralized the target as the two hostages, who were on each side of Alavache, quickly got away from the man.

The suspect, who threatened that he had a bomb, fell to the ground after being killed instantly by law enforcement. LCSO deputies quickly moved in on the scene using flashbang devices as a distraction. After clearing the scene and securing the hostages, deputies saw the aftermath of the sniper's marksmanship with the computer monitor still functioning despite a large hold from the .308 bullet.

"Firing through barriers is a trained and routinely practiced skill by Lee County Sheriff's Special Operations Unit snipers," LCSO public information officer Lieutenant Todd Olmer said, per Fox News. "The .308 caliber bullet used is specifically selected due to its known ballistic reliability traveling through intermediate barriers."


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