Suspect in Bank Robbery and Pursuit Dead after Gunfire

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OLD FORGE -- A bank robbery suspect was shot dead by police following a chase that spanned two counties.

Police tell Newswatch 16 the man robbed this M&T Bank at the Midway Shopping Center in Wyoming earlier in the afternoon.

The suspect then led police on a pursuit through Pittston and Duryea before ending up in Old Forge.

That's when police say, the suspect got out of his car with a gun and was shot.

Police and EMTs worked to put the suspect in the back of an ambulance. That suspect would later die from his injuries.

It started at the M&T Bank branch in Wyoming in Luzerne County. Troopers say the suspect held up the place and led police on a chase for almost nine miles.

The shooting happened right in front of a busy gas station.

"I got out of my car and the next thing I heard was gunshots, so I just ran in the store hoping that nothing came about," said Brendah Wahl.

Wahl shared video he took on his cellphone You can hear the gunshots and the panic of the people inside the gas station.

"I said to my sister, 'let's purchase a couple lottery tickets, maybe we'll get lucky,' you know? I hear, 'bang, bang, bang,' I'm like, 'get down, get down, get down!' it was like so terrifying, I was scared," said Ramona Lyckowski.

Troopers tell us the suspect was the only person hit.

"We heard a lot of gunshots, maybe 20 rounds, I'm just happy to be here," said Lyckowski.

A news conference by Pennsylvania State Police took place at 5 p.m.

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