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Standoff Ends; Suspect Killed In MD Hostage Situation

Standoff Ends; Suspect Killed In MD Hostage Situation

The suspected bank robber in a gray hoodie points a gun at a woman he is using as a shield, just moments before he trips and the woman escapes. (Photo courtesy WTOP | NBC Washington)

January 28, 2011

TAKOMA PARK, Md. – A hostage situation during a bank robbery has ended with the suspect dead, and three others hurt, authorities say.

The incident happened at the Capital One bank in the 1100 block of University Boulevard in Takoma Park Friday morning.

Police first started receiving 911 calls about a suspicious package around 9:30 a.m., which were followed by reports of a man with a gun inside the bank.

When police surrounded the bank, a suspect emerged wearing a ski mask and holding a gun to the head of a bank teller.

As he tried to manuever around the crowd of police, the suspect slipped on a patch of ice, allowing the hostage to break free. When the hostage ran toward police, the suspect was shot. He later died.

A Prince George’s County Police officer was shot in the leg during the incident and was taken to a nearby hospital. A person inside the bank was pistol whipped and also taken to the hospital. Both are expected to be okay.

Prince George’s County Police and the FBI are still on the scene investigating.

A woman, who was at the Starbucks in the Hampshire Langley Shopping Center, where the bank is located, tells Channel 4 she heard a lot of gunfire. She says customers hit the floor when the shots were fired. The customers remain in the Starbucks.

She says she then saw a woman who looked terrified run toward the police.

“I’m kind of in shock right now,” the woman says. “There were gunshots and she ran toward the policeman. I could tell she had been through something tremendously dramatic.”

A customer or bank employee apparently tried to knock the gun out of the suspect’s hand and was injured, Channel 4 reports. The man then ran to the Starbucks.

Montgomery County Police spokesman Cpl. Dan Friz tells Channel 4 the man required medical assistance for a minor head injury.

Friz says police recovered a weapon from the suspect.

He says police are making sure there are no other suspects in the bank. A canine team has been dispatched to make sure there are no explosives in the bank.

“After the tactical team and canine team have swept the bank to make sure it’s clear, we’re going to slow things down. We’ll start interviewing all of the folks involved, the officers involved. We’ll take a look at the video surveillance, not only from the news helicopter, but also in the bank area and businesses,” Friz says.

Traffic along University Boulevard has since reopened.

  • Caaggsun_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Glad that all the officers are ok

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This will make a good training video, their were some good things done and some dangerous ones. This had a good outcome, bad guy dead and minor injuries to the officer and civilians. Great job by all the officers involved.

  • Dsc00052_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Just two more cents on this........If a critical review of officer performance and conduct isn't encouraged in this forum, then where would it be more appropriate??? This isn't YouTube where, at this very moment, civilians are mocking, slamming, cursing and critiquing every law enforcement video posted. This is as much of a training and learning forum as it is just another media outlet. At least that's why I'm on it. We can celebrate the survival and mourn the loss of our brothers and sisters in blue, but if we don't learn from what they do correctly or incorrectly, we're not much more than a gawker looking out our car window at a bad crash.... We can review tactical decision making while NEVER questioning courage, honor or integrity.

  • Uniphone1_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Speedy recovery to all the injured! I'm praying for you. Thank God no officers or civilians wrer killed.

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  • Screen_shot_2011-04-10_at_8


    over 4 years ago


    Praying that the officer who was shot recovers quickly. Good job to all involved.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Rounds well spent. Thank god no LEO's were hurt nor was the kidnap victim.

  • Snoopy_18_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Glad all Officers got to go home...

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 4 years ago


    Thanks God for winter...!!!
    Glad all Officers and the victim are OK.

  • Marvin_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Great job to all officers involved. I saw the video on television last night. Everyone appeared to use cars for cover. I hate the officer was hit in the leg, hopefully he makes a quick and full recovery.

  • 1979_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Meanstreets, you are correct that THIS is not the place to Monday Morning QB and just be damn grateful all of our brothers, sisters, and the innocents were not badly injured and to express or prayers for the speedy and complete recovery of the Officer who sustained a wound and the civilian who was beaten.
    However, I do hope that they will MMQB the hell out of this and use it for training, good or bad. That is how we learn to do our job better and prepare ourselves for 'the next time'.

  • Telecommunicator_rusch_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Glad the POS is dead and no one else killed, speedy recovery emotionally and physically to those who were injured... Good job by law enforcement!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it.

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  • Officer_2520down_2520cop_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Good job guys!!!!!! Glad it ended well..

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Thank God the good guys went home that night.

  • 1984_v_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    You know, we could Monday morning quarterback this thing to death........I'd rather say thank God no one other than the bad guy was killed and great job to all those involved.

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