Bank robbery suspect killed by Fort Worth officer

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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WFAA

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 23 at 5:21 PM

Officer involved shooting

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FORT WORTH — A man suspected of holding up an east Fort Worth bank at gunpoint Tuesday morning paid for it with his life minutes later.

Police say an off-duty officer working security at the Woodhaven National Bank in the 6700 block of Bridge Street followed the suspect and called in marked units to stop him.

Instead, the man sped off into a gated mobile home park off east Loop 820.

When the suspect's car got stuck in a ditch in high weeds, the chase continued on foot.

"At some point in the pursuit, the suspect turned around, pulled out a gun and fired shots at the officers," said police spokesman Sgt. Pedro Criado. "One of the officers returned fire, striking the suspect an unknown number of times. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene."

Police said a handgun was recovered next to the suspect's body.

No officers were hit.

"I heard sirens first, then I heard gunshots," said resident Richard Camp. "I think I heard four, but I know I heard at least three."

Witnesses said the shots came in rapid succession.

Police were trying to determine if the dead man is the same robber who held up a Chase bank branch near the mobile home park last Thursday.

Officers spent Tuesday afternoon searching for a woman who they believe was let out of the suspect's car at the mobile home park just before the shooting.

As of this writing, the name of the dead bank robbery suspect had not been released.

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