06/07/2006

CHP officer shoots, kills robbery suspect

Bettye Wells Miller
The Press Enterprise
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An Oklahoma man believed to be a suspect in a Fresno County bank robbery was shot and killed by a California Highway Patrol officer on eastbound Interstate 40 near Essex.

The dead man, Douglas Murrin, 48, of Oklahoma City, and his 1988 Dodge pickup truck match the description of a man and vehicle sought in the robbery of the Golden One Credit Union in Clovis late Friday afternoon, said Clovis police Cpl. Vince Weibert.

"We don't have confirmation of him as the suspect, but he does match the description," Weibert said by phone.

The robber told a teller he had a gun and fled with an undetermined amount of cash in large bills, Weibert said. Clovis police received several tips about the suspect's identity on Saturday after releasing bank videos to the media, he said.

Murrin was stopped 46 miles east of Ludlow for speeding through a construction zone about 8:45 a.m. Saturday, CHP officials in Barstow said in a brief statement.

He stopped abruptly, got out of the truck and pointed a handgun toward the officer, the CHP said.

The officer, who has not been identified, ordered Murrin to drop the gun and fired one shot when Murrin did not, according to a San Bernardino County Coroner's press release.

Murrin fell but reached for his gun, ignoring the officer's order to stop, the coroner's office said. The officer fired a second shot, killing Murrin, according to the coroner's press release.

The officer was not injured, authorities said.

Both the CHP and San Bernardino County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating.

Murrin was on parole in Oklahoma for an assault and battery conviction, according to online records of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Anyone who saw the incident Saturday or who has information about Murrin is asked to call the Critical Incident Investigation Team of the Highway Patrol's Inland Division at 909-980-3994 or the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department at 909-387-3589. 

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