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Gunfire exchange in chase injures CU robbery suspect
MISSOULA, Mont. (1/14/09)--A man suspected of robbing a Missoula, Mont., credit union Monday morning was shot later in an exchange of gunfire with sheriff’s deputies and taken into custody with non-life threatening injuries. The man allegedly entered the Missoula FCU branch on Brooks Street at about 10:15 a.m. with a shotgun, which he fired into the ceiling (Missoulian.com and Associated Press Newswires Jan. 12). Roughly 25 people were in the lobby area—including 20 of the credit union’s 53 employees at the branch and five or six members. No one was injured. Gary Clark, president/CEO of the $275.1 million asset credit union, told local reporters that no one was hurt and the employees followed procedures. Employees who saw the man approaching with the gun hit silent alarms to alert police and cordoned off the area after the robbery. Ironically, the credit union had scheduled a robbery planning update seminar for Tuesday to increase employees’ vigilance because of the poor economy, said the Missoulian. After the robber fled the scene, passersby saw him get into a pickup truck and remove his ski mask. One man followed the suspect. Police eventually stopped the vehicle, and the suspect exchanged gunfire. The unidentified man was in fair condition at a local hospital.


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