Police kill bank robber in getaway chase shoot-out

Police kill bank robber in getaway chase shoot-out
Photo: DPA
Police shot and killed a bank robber in the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Ruppichteroth on Thursday night during a getaway chase that also left an officer critically injured.

A 47-year-old man reportedly held up a local bank and fled the scene on foot with a sack of money, shooting at a witness as he fled. The man then jumped on a moped, but was promptly approached by a police cruiser.

An exchange of gunfire ensued, leaving the police officer in critical condition and the suspect dead from a gunshot wound to the head. The officer was flown to a hospital via helicopter and in stable condition, a spokesperson said.

Police have created a homicide squad to investigate the shooting with state prosecutors in Bonn, a spokesperson said.

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