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CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Harris County Sheriff’s deputies captured two bank robbers after an off-duty Houston Police Department officer fatally shot their accomplice around 2 p.m. Friday, at the Regions Bank on East FM 1960.

“Contrary to information initially provided to investigators, HPD officers involved in the confrontation had not been providing security at the bank,” added officials with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

“An HPD officer who had driven to the bank with another off-duty HPD officer to make a loan payment walked into the bank and encountered the armed robbers as they left with stolen money. The officer struggled with one or more of the suspects. Then the second officer intervened. After the robbers got into an SUV, one pointed a shotgun at the second officer, who shot and killed a man in the SUV. The vehicle traveled through a parking lot, where sheriff’s deputies apprehended the other robbers,” added officials.

Deputies were dispatched to the bank’s location to respond to an alarm. “The surviving robbers were being questioned by sheriff’s investigators before the filing of charges,” added officials.

The Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit is investigating the shooting aspect while the bank robbery is being  investigated by the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force.

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