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Ohio Off-Duty Police Officer Shoots Robbery Suspect Outside Bank

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A man who was reportedly trying to rob a person in a bank parking lot was shot by an off-duty police officer. The suspect was taken to a hospital and is expected to be released and taken into custody.

The suspect in the attempted robbery, whose name has not yet been released, reportedly approached a man with a deposit bag who was walking into a northeast Columbus, Ohio, bank.

An off-duty officer, who was on vacation and cashing a check at the bank, and a special duty officer, who was also inside the bank at the time of the alleged robbery, overheard a commotion in the parking lot and walked outside to investigate.

The officers were informed that the suspect might have been armed and pulled their guns on the suspect, according to police. The suspect attempted to run, at which time the off-duty officer shot him, according to Columbus Police.

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The suspect was struck in the leg and was taken to Riverside Methodist Hospital, according to detectives.

“The bad guy just picked the wrong bank today,” said Sgt. Rich Weiner, a police spokesman, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Police were investigating whether the suspect is connected to four similar bank robberies in the past few weeks. In all four, customers were robbed of deposit bags outside the banks’ doors.

"We had a series of robberies in the general area involving people bringing their deposits to the bank, and before they get inside, they've been robbed," Weiner said. "The description of the suspect that we have in custody, it's the same description from the previous robberies."

Sources: WCMH, The Columbus Dispatch