Bank robbery suspect killed, another wounded in shootout with deputies

Bank robbery suspects in shootout with deputies
September 6, 2013 4:11:42 AM PDT
A bank robbery ended in the death of one suspect at the hands of a deputy sheriff. Investigators tell us at least five suspects led them on a high speed chase in northeast Harris County before opening fire on deputies.

According to Houston police, this chase was even more dramatic than first described. We're told suspects opened fire on deputies as they sped down freeways, but eventually, everything came to an end at the end of a street.

It was a quiet neighborhood until Thursday afternoon when residents heard a noise that got their attention.

"Boom! Boom! Boom! Three big old shots. Three shots," said resident Javoena Colbert. "I didn't hit the floor. It was too late! I was just stunned sitting on the couch!"

It came from a gully behind homes, the spot where a van came to rest after a crashing halt following a police chase that began at a Wells Fargo bank on the north beltway that was robbed just before. Five male suspects were inside the van, and law enforcement immediately on their trail. When the chase ended, the suspects ran on foot. Two, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, made the wrong move.

"At one point, one of the suspects turned and fired toward the deputies," said HCSO spokesperson Thomas Gilleland. "The deputies engaging the suspect returned fire, striking both suspects who were running. One has been confirmed (dead at the scene). The other was wounded and transported to a hospital."

The three other suspects were taken into custody at gunpoint. Three guns were recovered. As for the cash...

Gilleland said, "Some of it looks like they tried to make a run with the money and left a majority of it there in the pursuit trying to get away from deputies. We have recovered a substantial amount, though."

All this took place not long before children arrived home from school. For one mom, that was a teachable moment.

"Some gentlemen made bad choices today, and hopefully she was able to learn from it and know that she doesn't need to make these choices," said resident Andrea Kelley.

We're told, as well, that some of the cash was thrown as the suspects were fleeing. Some of that may have ended up off Mesa Road. It's not known if all that money was recovered.

An HPD car and a pickup collided during the pursuit. A pregnant woman inside the pickup was taken to a hospital as a precaution. That accident is under investigation.

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