Bank robber killed in shootout had been graduated from Shaker Heights, Ohio police academy

PoliceOne Staff Report
(EDINA, Minn.) -- The bank robber shot by police last week after wounding two officers was a 1995 graduate of the Shaker Heights, Ohio Police Academy, according to police.

The Hennepin County medical examiner identified the gunman as David Lincoln White, 30, of Boulder Colo.

Police waited to release White's identity until they had told White's family in Ohio. They told authorities they thought he was working as a private investigator. White was an average cadet at the police academy, Shaker Heights Chief Walter Ugrinic told the Plain Dealer, and once he graduated, "We never heard from him again."

According to FBI Special Agent Paul McCabe, detailed logs of alleged crimes, as well as maps and escape routes from different banks found in White's car indicate that he could be responsible for dozens of bank robberies across the country.

"What we have found in the past is that bank robbers that commit these kinds of crimes, the more times they're successful, the bolder they become," McCabe told the Plain Dealer. "And our greatest fear is they become so bold at some point somebody is hurt through gunfire, and in this particular situation this did happen."

White shot a Edina police at least three separate times after he robbed an area bank last week. He shot and wounded Officer Mike Blood in the abdomen and leg then shot out the spotlight of a cruiser causing broken glass to cut the face of Officer Billie Moir.

Doctors operated on Blood for 3 1/2 hours on Oct. 18 and stabilized his condition.

Cash donations for Blood's family are being accepted at Wells Fargo bank branches in the Twin Cities.

Moir was treated for his cuts and released.

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