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Bank robbery suspect shot after chase

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A Montgomery County police officer shot and wounded a bank robbery suspect Tuesday after the suspect drove his car at the officer at the end of a chase, authorities said.

Police began chasing the suspect at about 10:30 a.m. after he jumped the counter at the PNC bank on Ridge Road, grabbed some cash and fled, said Capt. Paul Starks, a Montgomery County police spokesman. Witnesses to the robbery were able to point officers in the suspect's direction; one even followed the suspect in his own vehicle, Starks said.

At some point during the chase, Starks said, the suspect turned his car down Bowman Acres Lane in Damascus, a small street of large, single family homes that dead ends into a cornfield.

The suspect drove up a gravel road into the cornfield, Starks said, Then, as officers worked amid a cloud of dust to set up a perimeter, he tried to drive out. He apparently drove at an officer who was on foot and out of his crusier, Starks said, and that officer fired multiple shots, critically wounding the suspect.

His vehicle, Starks said, came to rest in a yard across the street.
Starks said police have connected the man to a robbery at a different PNC about an hour before the incident on Ridge Road. Police did not identify him or the officer, but they said the officer has worked with the department for about 11 years.

-- Matt Zapotosky

(This post has been updated from the original.)

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 6, 2010; 2:33 PM ET
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Montgomery  
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Posted by: waterfrontproperty | July 6, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Bagged one.

Posted by: zcxnissan | July 6, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

High Five for the Police Officer, for doing his job, too bad he the robber did not Die, Why this thief will do it again, again and again, he may even hurt or he may Kill someone, I never had this attitude to Shoot To Kill until, the crime got out of hand special crime's where the robber don't care that they mayhave to harm or kill someone,take them out, we,the people special me are tired of the same people doing the same crime's over and over again. The tax payer's can not afford to house and cloth them,I am tired of the same people doing the same crime,the police is tired of arresting them again,again and again, and what does the court do,LET THEM GO, when a person steal's with a gun or any weapon, they intend to kill or harm, to the POLICE, Shoot TO KILL, They are going to shoot to kill you. When I hear a Police Officer or someone shoot's and kill's an intruder or robber and they die, I am very pleased because the innocent person could have been me or a member of my family, or anyone one, to kill him he would Never Ever harm anyone again.

Posted by: onesugar | July 7, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Bank Robbery and Assaulting, and/or Threatening Police Officers is a hazarous profession.

Kudos to the Officer and the other dedicated members of the Montgomery County Police.

Posted by: | July 7, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

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