Bank robber tries to take his own life during police chase

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FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – A suspected bank robber shot himself in the head Wednesday morning as police closed in at the end of a pursuit.  Florissant police say good descriptions from employees at the U.S. Bank at North Waterford and Lindbergh helped them spot the suspect within minutes of the armed holdup.

A brief chase  south on Lindbergh ended when the man lost control of his car and struck a concrete divider median at the Interstate 270 overpass.  Police from Florissant and Hazelwood were behind the suspect`s car when they heard one shot fired from inside the vehicle.

Florissant Public Information Officer Andy Haarmann said police used ballistic shields to approach the vehicle.  Once they “opened up the doors they found the driver shot himself in the head.”

No shots were fired by police and no one else was injured.  Haarmann described the suspect as a 25-year-old white male who had served as a Marines for five years and left the service a year ago.  ‘He had no steady employment but had recently bought the car he was driving,’ Haarmann said.

Florissant has not had a bank holdup recently and never one in which the suspect fled and then shot himself.

“We`re just thankful the bank employees were able to provide us with such a good description that we were able to identify the fleeing suspect right away and we`re glad no one was hurt,” Haarmann added.

As of six pm Wednesday,  the suspect was hospitalized in critical condition and on life support.  Authorities were trying to reach the man`s parents who they believe live in another state.

A gun and money from the bank robbery were also found inside the vehicle.

Southbound Lindbergh was shut down for about an hour during the police investigation.

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