Police kill robbery suspect

April 06, 2008|By Tom Pelton | Tom Pelton,Sun reporter

Prince George's County police shot and fatally wounded a 54-year-old suspected bank robber yesterday after a chase through Bowie.

Fred Perkins of the 12000 block of Chasemount Court was hit by several bullets from a fusillade fired by seven county police officers and three Bowie city officers, said Cpl. Diane Richardson, a county police spokeswoman.

Perkins was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center, where he died about an hour later.

Officers fired after they believed they saw Perkins raise a handgun, Richardson said. They later found a gun in his car and money from the bank, she said.

The robbery occurred about 9 a.m. at the Chevy Chase Bank in a shopping center in the 10000 block of Annapolis Road in Bowie. Police said a gunman held up a teller and then stole the bank manager's Toyota Sequoia.

Officers on patrol saw a Sequoia speeding out of the shopping center and thought they saw a dye packet - a marking device that banks slip into bags of stolen money - explode inside the vehicle, Richardson said. After they heard about the robbery on their radio, they chased the driver for about 15 minutes.

The car broke down in the 13000 block of Annapolis Road, which is where the officers opened fire.

The police are conducting an investigation of the shooting, said Richardson. "We don't think he fired the gun, but it's something we're looking at," she said.

tom.pelton@baltsun.com

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