Robber Shot After Fleeing Bank in Cab: Police

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010  |  Updated 5:00 PM CDT
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Robber Shot After Fleeing Bank in Cab: Police

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Dallas police shot a bank robbery suspect Tuesday afternoon who tried to get away in a taxi cab, police said.

The robbery was reported shortly after 2 p.m. when a man took a cab to the Wells Fargo bank near Coit Road and Interstate 635. Once inside, the man showed the teller a gun and demanded cash, police said.

The suspect, needing a getaway vehicle, exited the bank and hailed a cab. The getaway vehicle only went about half a block before the man had to exit the car to try to escape on foot, police said.

Officers gave chase and the man ended up trying to hide underneath a car. He was quickly spotted by officers who demanded he crawl out from beneath the vehicle.  When he did, he pulled a gun and was promptly shot twice by police officers, investigators said.

The man was later transported to an area hospital with non life-threatening, superficial injuries to the head and leg.

Police said the man's gun turned out to be a pellet or air gun and that they do not suspect that the cab driver was a knowing accomplice.

As of 4:30 p.m., the bank remains closed while the Dallas Police Department and FBI continue their investigation.

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