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Clark County

July 11, 2009

Bank robbery suspect killed by police after standoff

Police have not identified suspect

JEFFERSONVILLE — A suspected bank robber was shot dead in Jeffersonville by police after a standoff that lasted approximately five hours.

Jeffersonville Police Department Detective Todd Hollis said JPD received an alarm call at 1:27 p.m. Saturday from the U.S. Bank inside the Meijer store on Allison Lane. Police received word of a robbery in progress.

Hollis said a bank employee watched the male suspect enter a white Dodge truck, and he followed him along East 10th Street and onto Springdale Drive.

An off-duty police officer got into position behind the suspect’s vehicle and attempted a traffic stop at Springdale and Sandra Drive.

The suspect then pulled forward toward East Eighth Street and was surrounded by police.

“They ordered him out of the vehicle, and he refused,” Hollis said.

A patrol officer used a public-address system to make contact with the suspect. An officer had seen what appeared to be a gun in his hand.

Hollis said the man made several “aggressive moves at the police officers.”

He was seen rolling his window up and down and opening and shutting his door several times.

The suspect called 911 from his cell phone, but negotiations stalled until after 6 p.m. At that time, another officer began using the public-address system to make contact again.

Hollis said the man told police he would surrender.

“He stepped out of the truck with the gun in his hand,” Hollis said.

He had a small semi-automatic handgun, possibly .380 or a .22-caliber, Hollis said.

Police were heard ordering the man to put down the gun, but he did not. Officers fired two “less lethal soft rounds” that knocked the man to the ground and knocked the gun out of his hand.

Hollis said the man quickly picked up the gun and repositioned himself behind the truck.

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