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June 17, 2013

Pa. shopper is killed while chasing bank robber

WASHINGTON — Police are searching for a Pennsylvania bank robber who fatally shot a supermarket customer who tried to stop the man near his getaway car.

South Strabane Township police say the dead man is 46-year-old Vincent Kelley, of Washington, Pa.

He was shopping at a Giant Eagle in Strabane Square when the man robbed an in-store Citizens Bank branch about 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police say Kelley tried to subdue the suspect but was shot several times before the suspect sped away in his car.

Police Chief Donald Zofchak says, “I certainly applaud a citizen’s efforts to help society, but you see the ramifications. It cost him his life.”

Nineteen-year-old Sierra Kelley says she planned to have a Father’s Day meal with her dad, and calls him a hero.

 

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