11/05/2012

Officer and robber shot during bank robbery pursuit

The officer was hit in the leg by one suspect, returned fire hit robber in 'lower extremities'

States News Service

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — An Iowa police officer and a suspect in a credit union robbery were released from the hospital after being wounded in a shootout Friday morning during a chase after the credit union was robbed.

Two suspects robbed the Lennox Employees CU, Marshalltown, Iowa, at about 9:30 a.m. Friday, then fled the bank with Marshalltown police in pursuit. One suspect fired his gun and hit an Officer Vern Jefferson in the leg. Jefferson returned fire, wounding Ben Crisantos, 22, Marshalltown, in the lower extremities, said police. 

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