NC bank robber killed in shoot out with police, officials say

Capital Bank located off of West Memorial Highway . WBTV photo

UNION GROVE, N.C. (WBTV) — A bank robbery suspect was shot and killed Friday night in Iredell County, according to Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell.

Campbell said a male suspect tried to rob the Capital Bank located off of West Memorial Highway before the bank closed for the day Friday. The sheriff said the suspect got away with cash and fled into a wooded area nearby.

Gas station clerk Christina Blalock was working across the street when the incident happened.

“I saw cops everywhere. Maybe like 10-15 all going down this main road,” said Blalock.

Campbell said deputies, K-9 units, and troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol set up a 2-mile perimeter in the area and began looking for the suspect.

Blalock said she was concerned about what the suspect might do.

“I was worried he was going to come in my store but he didn’t,” she explained.

Campbell said that law enforcement officers spent close to two hours looking for the alleged bank robber. He praised the helicopters from local television stations for helping deputies keep an eye on the suspect.

“The news helicopter did do an extremely good job in helping. It pinned him down,” said Campbell.

He said his deputies eventually found the suspect in a ditch in the woods about a mile away from the bank.

“He fired shots, at least one at the officers. Officers returned fire and killed the suspect,” the sheriff explained.

He said the suspect had money and a gun in his possession at the time of the shooting.

Campbell said three of his deputies had been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation. The suspect’s identity has not been released yet.

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