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More details are emerging how the fatal police shooting in Jeffersonville, Indiana, could have claimed more lives. That's because during the shooting, bullets flew in every direction.
Just before 1:30 p.m., police say Grattan robbed an US Bank located inside the Meijers on Allison Lane in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Grattan was cornered at 8th and Springdale Drive.
Hours later, around 6:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon, 48-year-old Robert Grattan got out of his Dodge Ram pickup with a gun under his left arm. He circled his truck in plain sight of Indiana Police and heavily armed FBI agents who were positioned at every turn, watching him move.
Grattan then pointed his gun at police and that's when police opened fire. He was rushed to University of Louisville Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Now that the smoke has cleared and things seem to be back to normal in the neighborhood, a people are starting to realize that three more people could have been shot. During the standoff, people were on the streets trying to get a glimpse of the suspect and watching police negotiate with him.
"It was a very good situation that we weren't hurt," said Monty Snelling, a neighbor.
When Snelling realized there was a police standoff with a suspected bank robber across the street in the anderson temple church parking lot, he ordered his grandkids out of a swimming pool and inside the house.
"My granddaughter was standing right here when the shooting started and we got her out of the room quick. She was standing right in the line of fire. It hit the love seat, one came through the window, one through the step, it was chaos all at one time," said Snelling.
Several shots also damaged police vehicles on the scene. It's fortunate there were no other injuries outside. Someone sitting outside could have been severely hurt and someone looking out of the window, or sitting on the step, could have been killed.
"I thank God for being in the position of being the pastor next door. It certainly protected the family," said Snelling.
Grattan has an arrest record in Louisville and has been stopped for traffic citations in southern Indiana. He has no known address.