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Possible suspect in CU shooting at hospital
CENTRALIA, Wash. (1/27/10)--Police have detained a man they say matches the description of an individual who attempted to rob a TwinStar CU branch in Centralia, Wash. The attempted robbery led to a standoff with police at TwinStar Monday morning. Olympia police detained a man Monday with two gunshot wounds in his elbow and hip. The man had been dropped off in downtown Olympia by a taxi driver, who tipped off police. The police picked up the man after he knocked on the door of a home asking for help. A gunman had entered the credit union Monday around 7 a.m. as employees arrived to work. He grabbed an employee and put a gun to her head and a knife to her throat. When police arrived at the scene, an officer walked up to the employee entrance and saw the woman mouth to him, “He has a gun.” The officer pulled the employee to safety and fired two shots (The Chronicle Jan. 26). The Centralia SWAT team surrounded the building for several hours. Police then detonated four stun grenades and entered the credit union. With the help of a video feed, authorities later determined that the man likely fled minutes after the officer fired two shots. The gunman did not take any money, the newspaper said. The detained man is being treated for his injuries at a Seattle hospital. He has refused to give his name to police or emergency staff, the newspaper said. TwinStar has $742 million in assets. For more information, use the link.
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