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Robbery suspect dies after being shot by police

By KSL.com | Posted - Apr. 1, 2011 at 9:00 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY -- A robbery suspect was shot by police Friday afternoon near 400 South and 1600 West in Salt Lake City. He was transported to the hospital but died from his injuries.

Police say the man was involved in the robbery of the Zions Bank branch at 400 South and 700 East. According to Salt Lake City Police Lt. Melody Gray, a man walked into the bank armed with a gun and demanded money.

After leaving the bank, the suspect and another man jumped into a black Nissan SUV and drove away westbound. A Salt Lake police officer spotted the gunman's vehicle and began chasing him.

Shari Turk was at a park when she said she saw the vehicle speed by going between 70 mph and 90 mph.

"We were having a birthday party right at the local park, and simply we saw one car go by -- a black car, I don't know what it was -- and saw three cops after it," she said. "I'd say 20 seconds later, we heard a big bang."

Gray said the chase ended near 1600 West and 400 South when the man jumped out of the car near an apartment complex and started running. That's when he was shot by a police officer.

The lieutenant did not say where the man was hit or how many shots were fired. It was also unclear whether the man fired any shots at police. No officers were injured during the incident.

The unidentified man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.

Police say a second person surrendered as police closed in.

More information will be posted as it becomes available. Stay with ksl.com, KSL TV and KSL Newsradio 102.7FM/1160AM for the latest updates.

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Story written by the ksl.com news team with contributions from Amanda Verzello and John Hollenhorst.

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