Bank Robbery Suspect Shot by FBI Released From Hospital

Agents say man and his brother robbed 5 Dallas-area banks

By Scott Gordon
|  Friday, Aug 3, 2012  |  Updated 4:57 PM CDT
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Bank Robbery Suspect Released From Hospital

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James Butler and his brother, Johnny, were in the house when an FBI SWAT team arrived to serve a search warrant, the court document said.

A bank robbery suspect shot by FBI agents in a raid Thursday morning at his Quinlan home was released from the hospital, and his brother admitted the two committed five bank robberies in the Dallas area, according to a federal criminal complaint.

James Butler and his brother, Johnny, were in the house when an FBI SWAT team arrived to serve a search warrant, the court document said. They refused to come out, and agents deployed tear gas.

"At one point during the gas deployment, shots were fired from the Butler residence at SWAT agents," wrote Garland police Officer William Ellstrom, a member of the FBI violent crimes task force. "Agents fired shots into the residence."

Johnny Butler was hit in the shoulder, Ellstrom said. Both brothers then surrendered.

Johnny Butler was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released into custody.

Agents immediately took James Butler to the Hunt County jail, where he admitted that he and his brother robbed the Bank of America in Forney on May 18 and four other banks in the Dallas area, according to the complaint.

The bank reported that $27,000 was taken in the Forney robbery.

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