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Shot bank robbery suspect remains free

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A 69-year-old Clarkston, Wash., man is out of jail but barred from casinos after being arraigned on charges related to a bank robbery.

David Payton was shot by officers after robbing a U.S. Bank in Lewiston at gunpoint Feb. 3, Lewiston police said. He was hospitalized for two months.

Nez Perce County prosecutors asked Magistrate Judge Jay Gaskill to arrest Payton Wednesday because of the seriousness of the charges and because Payton has been seen casinos. Police suspect gambling debts may have been the motive for the robbery.

Gaskill allowed Payton to remain free, but ordered him not to enter casinos. Payton is charged with robbery and four counts of aggravated assault. His preliminary hearing is set for June 8.

Bank robbery suspect, 69, shot by police

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Police in Lewiston have released the name of a 69-year-old man who was shot by law enforcement officers after a bank robbery.

David L. Payton of Clarkston, Wash., is hospitalized in critical condition in Seattle.

Officers investigating the robbery of a US Bank branch Thursday morning found Payton walking nearby about 15 minutes after the robbery.

Capt. Tom Greene says when officers approached, the suspect pointed a gun at them and he was shot multiple times. He underwent surgery at a Lewiston hospital and was flown to Harborview Medical Center Thursday night.

Greene says the suspect pointed the gun at the teller and made off with a “fair amount” of cash. Payton has no significant prior criminal record.

The officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave

Gunman threatened to cause a ‘war zone’

A gunman shot and killed by police last week had told his brother-in-law the day before that he planned to turn the neighborhood into a “war zone,” according to court documents filed Friday.

Todd E. White, 46, had previously threatened to kill Gary Paul in a dispute over firearms inherited from White’s late father, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

On March 26, he showed up at Paul’s home at 4127 E. 36th Ave., with a semi-automatic pistol equipped with a laser-sighting device and fired at least four shots at two officers when they arrived, the sheriff’s office said.

Officer Trevor Nollmeyer, who joined the forced in 2003, shot White twice about 6:29 a.m. He was declared dead at a hospital about 8 a.m.

White, who pleaded guilty in 2002 to assaulting two Clark County deputies, had been at the scene for about 20 minutes prior to the arrival of Nollmeyer and Mason, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

White’s felony convictions made him ineligible to possess a gun, and family told police he had “mental instability issues.”

Police searched White’s 1999 Mazda truck on Monday as part of an ongoing investigation.

Previous coverage:

Man killed in police shootout identified

Gunman assaulted cops in ‘01

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