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Bank robbery suspect turns gun on himself

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    Tuesday, July 23 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-07-23 22:44:24 GMT
    (WMC-TV) - Racing along the interstate Tuesday morning, Memphis police chased after a suspected bank robber. But the pursuit ended when the suspect took his own life. Police have not yet released theMore >>
    Racing along the interstate Tuesday morning, Memphis police chased after a suspected bank robber. But the pursuit ended when the suspect took his own life.More >>

(WMC-TV) - A bank robbery suspect ended a police standoff by turning his gun on himself.

The situation began when the suspect reportedly robbed the Wells Fargo bank at 6445 Poplar Avenue Tuesday morning.

TDOT cameras captured part of the police chase, which began on Poplar Avenue and moved to I-240 westbound. The suspect crashed at Walnut Grove Road and Perkins Road. The suspect would not get out of the vehicle. He reportedly shot himself with a handgun.

"Fortunately for us, traffic was backed up a little bit on the interstate. That slowed him down," said Sgt. Karen Rudolph, Memphis Police Department. "They, at the most, I think they were doing 40 miles per hour throughout the whole chase so everything ended up without a lot of injuries."

Two other vehicles were involved in the crash. A woman was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.

Nearby, St. Mary's Episcopal School was put on lockdown as a precautionary measure.

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