Suspected Bank Robber Fatally Shot During Standoff

A suspected bank robber was fatally shot Tuesday after he exchanged gunfire with a security guard during a standoff inside a Chase Bank in Dallas, police said. 

A robbery in progress was reported just after 2 p.m. at the bank located on the 4400 block of South Lancaster Road.

Initial reports indicated that the injured guard managed to alert police to the robbery by calling 911 on his cell phone. The guard suffered superficial wounds to his stomach.

SWAT officers arrived at the scene and surrounded the bank a short time later. At about 2:30 p.m., three people were allowed to leave the bank.

Just before 3 p.m., another person was released and was seen receiving treatment by EMTs.

SWAT officers found the suspected bank robber dead inside the bank. Two employees were found hiding under a desk.

Dallas police said the man may have tried to take advantage of the cold temperatures and thought he could get away with wearing a ski mask without raising any red flags.

During the standoff, DART service on the blue line near the VA Medical Center was suspended, and the VA Hospital and two nearby elementary schools, Lisbon and Darrell, were placed on lockdown.

Traffic along Lancaster Road was also diverted during the standoff.

Police were still questioning witnesses to the robbery as of late Tuesday night.

Police do not expect to file any charges against the security guard.

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