Suspected Aurora bank robber shot, tased by police

AURORA, Colo. - Aurora police are investigating a bank robbery that resulted in the suspect being shot Saturday afternoon.

Frank Frania, Aurora police spokesman, said a man walked into the U.S. Bank at East Cornell Avenue and South Peoria Street at 12:20 p.m. and he appeared to have a gun.

A source close to the investigation said a bank employee was on the phone with her husband at the time of the robbery. She told him to call 911.

The robber's hand was covered while in the bank, so it was not known if he actually had a gun during the robbery. Fania did not say if the suspect was armed when he was eventually arrested.

When the suspect left the bank, he was confronted by an Aurora police officer who was driving by and spotted people running from the bank. 

"He [officer] sees customers coming out of the bank, flags them down," Fania said. "He talks briefly to one witness or customer, and that's when he notices the car coming out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed."

The officer chased the car into the Dam East neighborhood, just a block away. The pursuit ended on the neighborhood street when the suspect's car high-centered on an ornamental rock in a greenbelt.

"I heard the sirens pretty loud and I was pretty worried about what happened, so I opened the blinds and -seen them [police] racing down our street," said 9-year-old Hailey Augustine, who lives on the street.

Fania said the suspect then got out of the car and refused to listen to the officer's instructions. The officer shot the suspect several times, chasing him about 150 yards before he stopped. The officer then tased the suspect after shooting him because the suspect was still uncooperative, Fania said.

"We heard the clear, the four gunshots. Stupidly I come out and the police officer tell me to go inside because there was a gun fire," said Fiorenzo Bettoni who lives across the street from where the suspect crashed.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital in unknown condition but was expected to recover.

No one inside the bank was injured. The officer has been put on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol for the Aurora police department for all officer-related shootings.

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