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Police nab wounded bank robbery suspect in Northland after chase

Updated: 2013-03-02T01:27:06Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

A suspected bank robber apparently wounded by a guard during a heist led police on a high-speed chase through Kansas City on Friday afternoon.

The attempted robbery occurred at the First Security Bank of Trimble at 202 U.S. 169 in Trimble, Mo. The robber displayed a weapon and asked for cash before he was shot, according to an FBI spokeswoman.

A police dispatcher relayed to pursuing officers that the robber had been shot by a bank employee and that the robber “may be trying to arm himself again.”

Missouri troopers chased the suspect into Kansas City from southbound U.S. 169 to eastbound Interstate 435 about 1:40 p.m. Kansas City police officers reported speeds that exceeded 90 mph.

Officers placed devices on the interstate to try to flatten the suspect’s tires, which reportedly punctured at least one tire.

The suspect eventually stopped on the interstate’s shoulder near 76th Street, where police arrested him. They called for an ambulance crew to take him to a hospital. He was in critical condition Friday afternoon with multiple gunshot wounds.

In the chase, the suspect reportedly tossed a gun from his vehicle near Interstate 435 and 108th Street. A person found the weapon and called police.

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to cvendel@kcstar.com.

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