With police closing in on him and his getaway car smashed into a guardrail, a Missouri bank robber shot himself in the head in an attempt to take his own life.
The 25-year-old man from Florissant had just robbed a U.S. Bank when a bank employee called the police and described the man and his vehicle, a silver Mitsubishi. He noted that the man had a gun, though he had not fired any shots in the bank, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Rushing to the scene, the police began chasing down the Mitsubishi, which was speeding south down the highway. They followed four miles south of the bank to the next town, at which point the robber crashed the car into a concrete guardrail on an overpass.
Police approached the car with ballistic shields, a Florissant police officer told the paper. They heard a single shot.
Opening the car door, they saw that the man had put a bullet in his head.
An ambulance arrived to take the man to a St. Louis hospital, where he is on life support in critical condition. He was in the Marine Corps for five years, having left the service a year ago, police said.
“He had no steady employment but had recently bought the car he was driving,” said Florissant Public Information Officer Andy Haarmann.
Police also found money in the car.
Haarmann praised the bank employee for acting quickly to get police on the robber’s tail. The holdup is the first Florissant has had in recent memory.
“We`re just thankful the bank employees were able to provide us with such a good description that we were able to identify the fleeing suspect right away, and we`re glad no one was hurt,” he said.