Leprechaun Bank Robber Tied to Santa Heist

Pair killed in shootout after St. Patrick's Day job
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2010 4:28 AM CDT
This Dec. 2009 surveillance photo provided by the Nashville Police Department shows a man identified as David Christopher Cotton robbing a bank in Nashville, Tenn.    (AP Photo/Nashville, Tenn. Police Department)
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(Newser) – A man who died in a shootout with cops after robbing a bank dressed as a leprechaun Wednesday had robbed another bank dressed as Santa just before Christmas, investigators say. Police returned fire when David Christopher Cotton and getaway driver Jonathan Skinner shot at them after fleeing the Nashville-area bank, the Tennessean reports.

The pair abandoned their car after a chase through city streets and attempted to flee on foot. "They were confronted by officers. They failed to drop their weapons and gunshots were exchanged," said a police spokesman. Investigators are trying to determine whether the duo, both 20 years old, had been involved in any other robberies.

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