Bank robbery suspect shot after chase
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
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