Police shoot, kill Vancouver bank robbery suspect

Police said the robber acted alone and there is no threat to the public

A suspect in a Vancouver bank robbery was shot by police during a traffic stop, June 6, 2017. (KOIN)
A suspect in a Vancouver bank robbery was shot by police during a traffic stop, June 6, 2017. (KOIN)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — Police reportedly shot and killed a suspect accused of robbing a Vancouver iQ Credit Union Tuesday afternoon, officials confirmed.

The bank robbery happened around 2:20 p.m. at the iQ Credit Union on the 15000 block of NE Fourth Plain Boulevard, Vancouver Police Dept. said.

A man armed with a rifle reportedly robbed the iQ Credit Union on Fourth Plain Boulevard, June 6, 2017. (KOIN)

The suspect was reportedly armed with a rifle and wearing a ski mask when he robbed the bank. He then got into a white getaway car and drove off.

Police spotted him in a nearby parking lot as he stopped the white car, got into a different dark-colored car and drove off.

Officers caught up with the suspect and tried pulling him over about 2 miles away from the bank. Police used a PIT maneuver to stop his car, and 3 officers reportedly exchanged gunfire with him in the area of NE 182nd Avenue and NE 73rd Street.

The suspect died in the shooting. No officers were hurt, a police spokesperson said.

A Vancouver resident told KOIN 6 News he heard a crash before shots were fired.

“I was out in my shop working, front door was open, and I heard a siren in the distance. And then I heard a big bang, a crash,” Jesse Hurley said. “About that time I heard a ‘pop pop pop pop’. I knew it was gunfire, so I walked out to the road and looked to the south and saw all the excitement being created.”

Police said they don’t believe the suspect stole the second car he was driving, but that he may have parked it in the area to have it waiting for him after the robbery.

It’s unclear how much money was stolen from the bank.

Police said the robber acted alone and there is no threat to the public.