LMPD: 1 suspect dead, 2 others in custody after bank robbery
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro Police say one suspect is dead and two others are in custody following a bank robbery in the Cherokee Triangle.
"This is the last place I would have expected it," a witness told WDRB.
Police pulled the suspected bank robbers over at the top of what's called "Dog Hill" in Cherokee Park -- a popular hill for families.
"We were sledding. We all came out just to have a nice day and we were coming up from sledding down the hill and my friends were like 'get down.' We heard a gun shot and I didn't know what it was," said witness Brianne Trees.
"There was still people sledding down the hill. My instinct was to just get them safe and make sure everyone else was safe too," said witness Adam Evans.
Evans says it was like a scene from a movie.
"Seeing it in person and not on a screen I guess. It was crazy," he said.
It all started around 5 p.m. Thursday when three men tried to rob a PNC Bank at 1301 Bardstown Road.
The suspects fled to Cherokee Park where they were pulled over by police.
"At that time, two of the suspects got out of the vehicle and our officers were able to detain them immediately. A third suspect remained in the vehicle in the driver's seat and attempted to drive away," said LMPD Spokesperson Alicia Smiley.
Police say the suspect wasn't able to speed off because of the icy conditions of the road.
"He then got out of the vehicle and at that time, he had a weapon pointed at his head. Our officers did command him to put the weapon down. He refused to do so and fired at himself," she said.
Meanwhile, Evans and his friends were just a few feet away.
"The guy gets out and he was holding something in his hand. I couldn't tell what it was and next thing I know I hear a pop and he falls down and starts bleeding," said Evans.
The man was later pronounced dead at University Hospital.
Witnesses say Cherokee Park is the last place they expected to feel unsafe.
"It was pretty scary to be honest," said Trees.
Police say they are not sure if the trio got away with any money from the bank.
Officials haven't released the identities of the suspects.
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