Police say a man is dead after taking fire from an armed security guard inside a Coeur d’Alene credit union Saturday afternoon, following what appears to have been a botched robbery attempt.
About 1 p.m., shortly before the credit union was scheduled to close, a man in dark clothing and a full-face-shield motorcycle helmet walked into Global Credit Union’s Coeur d’Alene branch, 320 Neider Ave., and brandished a handgun, according to a Coeur d’Alene Police Department news release.
According to a news release issued by the credit union, the suspect opened fire upon entering the bank.
But the police news release did not mention that the suspected robber fired his gun.
“The armed security officer inside the bank recognized the threat and drew his gun and fired at the suspect, hitting him at least once,” the police news release said. “The suspect attempted to flee from the bank but succumbed to his injuries, collapsing inside the building.”
Police, Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies and Idaho State Police troopers responded to the scene. Devon Crawford, a shift manager at the Gourmet Get & Go convenience store next to the credit union, said he was stocking shelves when he saw police swarming the building, breaking windows to gain entry.
The suspect was located and officers attempted lifesaving measures. However, he was declared dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
Coeur d’Alene police detectives and FBI agents were processing the scene and conducting an investigation. The identity of the suspect will be released at a later date.
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