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article imageArmed robber shot dead by police after slipping on ice

By Kev Hedges     Jan 29, 2011 in Crime
Washington - A would-be armed robber, holding a gun to the head of his hostage, slipped on ice and was shot dead in a hail of bullets from as many as six police officers outside a bank in Washington DC on Friday.
The robber had slowly exited the bank, with his female hostage, and onto the street at the Capital One bank on University Boulevard, Takoma Park in Washington DC. Several armed police officers who earlier had been called to a robbery-in-progress alert were waiting for the armed robber on the street outside.
With a heavy police presence and several guns trained on him the robber edged towards the main street. He passed a mountain of snow cleared from the sidewalk just inches away from the armed police, who dare not fire in case he shot his hostage who by now was fearful for her life. Then as he walked on the icy road he suddenly lost his footing, slipping over on the ice, his hostage seizing her chance to escape ran passed the police with the robber foolishly chasing after her.
The robber with his gun still trained towards his now fleeing hostage police opened fire. There were at least six officers involved in shooting the robber mostly from point blank range. The bandit died of his injuries and one of the officers was injured by a bullet ricocheting showing how close the officers were when they fired. Two other people inside the bank were injured, one from shock and one from a pistol-whipping.
The dramatic shooting was captured by a local television news helicopter, reports Mail Online. Police said the robbery occurred at 0922 local time and there were six people in the bank at the time. The gunman had pointed and waived his 9mm handgun at all of them several times reports NBC Washington.
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