Suspected bank robber killed in Georgia


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Mike Irwin
August 18, 2003, 03:45 PM
From the NY Times

(and he wasn't torched...)

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) -- A man robbed a bank Monday, carjacked a car and then fled to a home several miles away, where he was shot to death after an hourlong standoff with police, authorities said.

The man, carrying a handgun, came out of a house where he had taken refuge and eventually pointed the gun at SWAT team officers crouching nearby. The officers fired at him and he died at the scene, said Sgt. Pat White of DeKalb County Police.

``We were prepared to use less than lethal means to end this situation in a peaceful way,'' White said. ``But once he started using live rounds on us, we had no choice.

Earlier Monday, the suspect robbed a Wachovia bank in Conyers, east of Atlanta, and carjacked a vehicle, authorities said.

Rockdale County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jodi Shupe said the robber fired one shot inside the bank, but no one was injured. The carjacking victim was also uninjured, Shupe said.

Shupe said a bulletin was issued on the carjacked vehicle, and a Rockdale deputy spotted it and chased it into DeKalb County, where the suspect got out of the car and fled to an empty house.

The man fired several shots at deputies, who returned fire, possibly grazing the suspect in the arm, Shupe said.

About 11:30 a.m., after a standoff of more than an hour, the man aimed his gun at the DeKalb SWAT team and was killed. The identity of the suspect was not released.

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Norm357
August 18, 2003, 04:22 PM
Good riddance to bad rubbish.


Norm

HBK
August 18, 2003, 04:32 PM
He got what he deserved and the tax payers were spared the expense of a trial. All's well that ends well.

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