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Suspect Shot After Bank Robbery In Aurora

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An image from the scene (credit: Eddie Castro)

An image from the scene (credit: Eddie Castro)

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Aurora have shot a suspect in a bank robbery.

According to police, they received a bank robbery call at approximately 12:20 p.m. Saturday at the U.S. Bank on Peoria Street. At the same time an officer on patrol happened to be driving by and was flagged down by some witnesses to the robbery. He then spotted a car speeding away. He began following the car and a chase ensued.

The alleged robber drove into a residential neighborhood in the 12200 block of East Bates Circle. The street was a dead-end and the car crashed into some rocks. The suspect got out and tried to run. He apparently would not follow the officers’ commands and wouldn’t stop, so the officer fired his gun, hitting the suspect, but the suspect kept running. He was caught moments later.

The suspect, whose name hasn’t been released, is in the hospital with serious injuries, but is expected to survive.

There were neighbors and witnesses who watched it all unfold.

“I heard a squeal over here, and the police officer got out of his car and started yelling at someone to ‘get down, get down,’ and started shooting. And then that’s when I saw a suspect running up the street,” witness Anne Monastra said.

“The guy ran around the fence and ran that way over there to this one house. And he had gunshot wounds. And then over there, we think we heard him get Tasered, it just sounded like a crackling,” witness Russell Oller said.

Police said the suspect got away with some money, but they didn’t say the exact amount. He also had a mask on and his right-hand was covered. It was not clear whether he had a weapon.

The officer will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

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