Bank President, Suspect Dead After Oklahoma Bank Robbery

Bank president shot, suspect killed during police pursuit
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 21, 2016 3:58 PM CST
Bank President, Suspect Dead After Oklahoma Bank Robbery
Authorities block a street at the scene of a bank robbery Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 in Eufaula, Okla.   (Kevin Harvison/McAlester News-Capital via AP)

A bank president was fatally shot during a robbery Thursday in eastern Oklahoma, officials said, and one of two suspects in the bank robbery was killed after an ensuing car chase. FBI spokesman Terry Weber told the Oklahoman that a bank employee was killed during the robbery about 10am at the Bank of Eufaula, about 125 miles east of Oklahoma City. The state banking commissioner, Mick Thompson, confirmed that the bank's CEO and president, Randy Peterson, was killed. Weber said both suspects were armed when they entered the bank and that they later led police on a car chase through McIntosh County.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. John Vincent said a state trooper spotted and tried to pull over a vehicle on Highway 69 that was believed to be driven by a bank robbery suspect. "There was a short pursuit before the trooper initiated a tactical procedure to stop the vehicle," Vincent said. He said the trooper along with officers from two other law enforcement agencies were involved in a short exchange of gunfire with the suspect, who Vincent said was a black male dressed as a woman. He said one other person, a woman who was in the car with the suspect, was injured during the exchange with officers and taken to a Tulsa hospital. (More Oklahoma stories.)

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