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January 26, 2014

Bank robbery, pursuit ends in suicide

The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police are currently investigating an alleged bank robbery and pursuit that ended in an apparent suicide in the southeast portion of Kosciusko County early Friday evening.

According to Kosciusko County police, officers were notified shortly after 6 p.m. Friday of a bank robbery suspect vehicle being pursued into Kosciusko County on Ind. 13 by a North Manchester police officer. At approximately 6:08 p.m., the suspect vehicle stopped on Ind. 13 near the intersection of Ind. 14 but refused to exit his vehicle.

Moments later, a firearm was discharged from inside the pickup truck according to the investigation. Officers from South Whitley Police Department arrived shortly afterwards and approached the vehicle along with the North Manchester officer and determined that the male suspect was suffering from a gunshot wound.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene but immediately summoned the Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office. Kosciusko County Coroner Michael Wilson arrived and pronounced the individual deceased from injuries that appeared to be consistent to self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

Initial information from the Indiana State Police Peru District indicates that the suspect entered into the First Financial Bank of North Manchester, 106 N. Market St., shortly before 6 p.m. The suspect then fled after apparently robbing a teller, prior to the police pursuit.

Due to the current on-going investigation by both agencies, the name of the officer involved in the pursuit, along with the deceased suspect, are not currently being released.

Theft/burglary reports

• Goshen police received a report Friday from T & M Rubber, 1102 S. 10th St., Goshen, indicating a theft had occurred at approximately midnight Jan. 1.

• Deanne Conn, 215 S. Seventh St., Goshen, told Goshen police a Garman GPS was stolen from her car between 7 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Friday while parked at her residence.

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