Security guard shot, critically injured in Memphis bank robbery

Suspects 2 (left) and 1 (right) (Source: MPD)
Suspects 2 (left) and 1 (right) (Source: MPD)
First Tennessee Bank robbery scene (Source: WMC Action News 5)
First Tennessee Bank robbery scene (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A security guard was critically injured after being shot during a bank robbery in Memphis, according to Memphis Police Department.

The robbery happened at First Tennessee Bank at 2015 East Brooks Road.

Investigators arrived at the bank and learned that the bank's security guard had been shot during the robbery. The guard was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Police said one of the suspects was also involved in an attempted robbery March 3 at First Tennessee Bank on Summer Avenue.

That suspect is described as a black male in his early 30's standing 5-feet-11-inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray hat, burgundy glasses, a gray hoodie with a zipper, black shorts over blue jeans with red legs, and white shoes.

During Saturday's attempted robbery he wore a white hat with Arkansas written across the front, burgundy glasses, burgundy jacket, black shirt, and black shorts over blue jeans with red legs.

The second suspect from Monday's robbery is also described as a black male standing 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray hat, sunglasses, black jacket with a zipper, white T-shirt, black pants, and black shoes.

The suspects took the money from the cash drawers and drove off in a maroon Chevrolet Malibu.

Investigators said evidence found at Bent Tree Apartments near the bank may help identify the suspects.

The bank remained closed for the rest of the day as investigators dusted for fingerprints and pulled video from security cameras.

Investigators searched a nearby apartment complex on the ground and in the air for the three suspects.

Crime scene tape blocked customer Linda Tutt from going to the bank Monday afternoon.

"This is the bank we normally come to, so we know all the people in there that work there," Tutt said.

She watched from across the street as shaken employees stood outside the bank and police combed through the crime scene for evidence.

"I told my husband I had to get out of the car and go see because all the girls that work there, you know I'm a former teller," Tutt said. "So, all the girls that work there, we know them all. All of them. The security guard--joke and laugh with him all the time."

Investigators wouldn't confirm the amount of money taken from the bank but said one of the suspects left behind a clue at the neighboring apartment complex.

"We have recovered some evidence nearby that may lead us to learning their identity," MPD Colonel Mikey Williams said.

Investigators would not go into specific details about the events that unfolded inside the bank.

They also would not confirm if the security guard was armed during the robbery.

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