A bank robbery in the North Dallas area has led to an exchange of gunfire between the bank robber and police officers, who managed to gun down the robber.
The robbery took place at a Wells Fargo bank, situated on Coit Road near Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway. It began at approximately 2pm today, when the suspect was dropped off at the bank by a taxicab. He then entered the bank, began to brandish what looked like a pistol, and demanded the tellers to hand over the cash. The heist took only a few minutes.
As the robber grabbed the cash, he hopped into another taxicab which, according to cops, he might have called for earlier.
However, just a few feet away from the bank, the robber exited the taxicab and attempted to veil himself under the parked vehicle, unaware that police officers were in close proximity. Thus, the officers spotted everything and demanded the suspect to come on out.
According to Dallas police homicide Lt. David Hughes, the suspect attempted to get out of the taxicab and get away on foot, and at that moment, police officers closed in on both the taxicab and the alleged robber, who attempted to conceal himself.
After being spotted, the suspect brandished and pointed what appeared to be a 9mm gun at the officers, resulting in a shootout.
The shootout was also viewed by customers who were dining at the Crazy Buffet, a restaurant that was located near the scene.
The gunshots were so loud, according to witnesses.
The shooting ended when the robber got struck in the leg and got his head scraped or mildly injured, prompting paramedics and police to take him to Baylor University Medical Center for treatment. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.
Luckily, no officers have been hurt in the ordeal.
It was later learned by authorities that the gun the robber brandished was not the type of gun they thought he had. In response, Lt. Hughes added that “even if the weapon appears as if it’s a 9mm gun, it is actually some kind of pellet gun or aerosol gun.”
A waist pack was discovered by authorities, and inside the pack contained some cash. The amount of the cash was not revealed. Two fake guns were also discovered.
At this moment, the suspect’s name has not been released, and that is because the suspect has reportedly declined to reveal his identity. The presumably best way to find this out is to obtain his fingerprint samples and scan them through.
The cab operator who gave the suspect a ride was questioned by Dallas police as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Even so, no one presumed that the cabbie had something to do with the crime.
Police officials who were involved in the shootout have been placed on restricted duty, which is considered an ordinary course of action for cases similar to this one. The names of the officers have not been disclosed.
Lt. Hughes added that the unknown suspect refused to speak up or cooperate.
The motive behind this incident is yet to be determined.