Teller, suspect dead in north Mississippi bank robbery attempt

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SALTILLO, Miss. — A bank teller in Mississippi was killed during an attempted robbery, and authorities say the suspect took her own life after a police chase.

Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal a teller was killed Wednesday at the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Mantachie, a town of about 1,100 residents.

Jim Johnson, the sheriff in neighboring Lee County, says his department was called to help pursue a suspect in a black sport utility vehicle.

Johnson tells WTVA-TV the suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Saltillo, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Mantachie.

Johnson says a weapon has been recovered and it matches the caliber of shell casings found inside the bank.

The names of the bank teller and the suspect were not immediately released.

 

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