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Bank robbery suspects fire at police

After they were pursued by police, the suspects bailed out of their vehicle in the 1700 block of Chelsea. After they were pursued by police, the suspects bailed out of their vehicle in the 1700 block of Chelsea.
Officers slowly approached the car after it wrecked. Officers slowly approached the car after it wrecked.

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis police have one suspect in custody after a pair of bank robberies and a pursuit Thursday morning.

Just after 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning, suspects robbed the Trust One Bank in the 700 block of White Station Road in Memphis. Moments later, the Cadence Bank in the 500 block of South Mendenhall was robbed.

Police soon located the suspects, who were traveling in a white, late-model Ford Taurus, and pursued them to north Memphis.

During the chase, shots were fired from the Taurus. Jeff Clark of the Memphis Police Department said a passenger in the Taurus leaned out a window and fired at the pursuing officer.

Officers in the line of fire backed off, but the chase ended when the suspects crashed their car a warehouse on Chelsea and ran.  One of the men inside was caught on the edge of the Wolf River.

"They spotted him," Clark said. "He jumped up with his hands up and was taken in custody."

Back at the warehouse, officers jumped a barbed wire fence to look for clues and handed over a shotgun.  But the possible danger of other armed suspects wasn't over.

An MPD tactical unit came went in make sure no other suspects were hiding inside as a police helicopter canvassed the area from overhead.

"We're gonna handle this thing like we would any other: to protect the citizens of this community and the officers who are on this scene," Clark said.

Police are still searching for an additional suspect.

Thursday morning's robberies may be connected to the robbery of a novelty store on Summer Avenue that took place Wednesday evening. The suspects in that robbery were in a car that matched the description of the Taurus they pursued Thursday.

"We do suspect there may be some involvement there," Clark said.

Clark added that no one was hurt, but their hunt for dangerous criminals on a crime spree isn't over.

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