10/18/2006

Philadelphia officer, bystander injured in shootout, suspect dead

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA- A shootout following a Tuesday morning bank robbery injured a police officer, a bystander and the suspected robber, who died a few hours later, police said.

Officer Ronald Jann, a 17-year veteran, was struck in the mouth by a bullet after he spotted the bank robbery suspect hiding in a car in South Philadelphia, police said. He suffered a pierced lip and some broken teeth, but no life-threatening injuries, Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson said.

The injuries to the bystander, a woman, also were not life-threatening. The suspected gunman was pronounced dead at around 3:30 p.m., approximately five hours after the shootout took place, police said.

Jann saw the robbery suspect trying to conceal himself in a car that matched the description of the getaway car, police said. When Jann opened the car door, the suspect opened fire, Johnson said.

Two other suspects in the bank robbery were also arrested.

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