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Cops: Ex-Chief Wounded After Second Bank Robbery

2 SC deputies shot at suspect after car chase
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 1, 2019 4:23 AM CDT
Richard Edward Inman.   (Al Cannon Detention Center)

(Newser) – A former South Carolina police chief on probation for robbing a bank in 2017 is accused of robbing another bank and leading authorities on a car chase that ended when he was shot at and wounded, the AP reports. Former Williamston police chief Richard Edward Inman was charged last week with offenses including armed robbery. Authorities say he robbed a Pawleys Island bank by presenting a note that demanded money. He then led authorities on a car chase that ended when Charleston and Georgetown sheriff's deputies shot at him. Inman suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

It's unclear if he was shot or wounded by debris. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating. Inman, who spent more than 20 years in law enforcement, resigned as chief in 2011 at the request of the town's then-mayor over racist Facebook messages. In 2017, he was given a 15-year suspended sentence and four years of probation after a similar bank robbery in Simpsonville. At the time, Williamston residents speculated that "the robbery was Inman’s way for pleading for help," the Post and Courier reports. (Read more South Carolina stories.)

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