Bank Hostage Standoff Ends in Fiery Shootout

PHOTO: An Anaheim Police armored car and FBI SWAT team members are gathered near the perimeter of a bank standoff where a gunman is holding a bank manager hostage on March 1, 2012, in Buena Park, Calif.PlayNick Ut/AP Photo
WATCH SWAT Team Pulls Bank Hostage to Safety

A bank manager at a Southern California bank who was held hostage has been rescued safely following a fiery shootout between a robbery suspect and SWAT team officers.

Police and SWAT team officers shot the suspect after they swarmed Saehan Bank in Buena Park, Calif., at about 3 p.m., according to ABC News Los Angeles station KABC.

Three officers were injured when the suspect opened fire, according to officials.

"It's quite an intense moment when somebody comes out the door with a gun to a hostage," Buena Park Police Chief Corey Sianez told KABC. "Those were split second decisions that they needed to make, and our main concern is the welfare and the safety of that hostage."

Authorities said the suspect continued to be uncooperative after the shooting, the station reported.

Aerial pictures show the suspect being taken out of the bank on a stretcher and placed into a paramedic vehicle.

The suspect's condition was not immediately known. It was unclear what the suspect's motive or demands were, officials said.

The suspect entered the bank at 11 a.m. and let all the employees leave except the female bank manager after an employee asked if they could leave, according to KABC.

The bank manager's condition is unknown at this time.