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Fla. Deputy Shot, Suspect Killed in Bank Robbery Shootout

April 15, 2014  | 

Manatee County (Fla.) Sheriff's Lt. Bob Mealy was shot in the arm but is expected to recover. (Photo: Manatee County Sheriff's Office)
Manatee County (Fla.) Sheriff's Lt. Bob Mealy was shot in the arm but is expected to recover. (Photo: Manatee County Sheriff's Office)

A Manatee County, Fla., sheriff's deputy was shot in the arm during an exchange of gunfire that left a bank robbery suspect dead Monday.

The shootout happened around noon in Bradenton. It wasn't immediately clear whether the suspect was shot by deputies or killed himself, Sheriff Brad Steube told Bay News 9.

The deputy, Lt. Bob Mealy, 52, was shot in the right arm and is expected to fully recover.

According to authorities, the suspect walked into the Florida Bank around 11:30 a.m., displayed a gun and demanded money. He left in a white pickup truck.

Law enforcement responded. Mealy spotted the suspect's truck. A chase followed, and deputies used stop sticks to flatten the truck's tires, authorities said.

After the truck stopped, deputies approached the vehicle, and the suspect fired a shot that struck Mealy, the sheriff's office told Bay News 9. Deputies returned fire, and multiple rounds were changed between the suspect and deputies. The suspect was found dead in the truck. His identity has not been released.

 

Tags: Police Officer Wounded, Bank Robberies, Officer Involved Shootings, Mantee County (Fla.) Sheriff


Comments (5)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 4/15/2014 11:33 AM

Best wishes to Lieutenant Mealy and you have my prayers for a fast recovery with no complications. Thank you for your service!

ResAgentSWA @ 4/15/2014 8:27 PM

"...deputies approached the vehicle..." I know I'm old but even in my day in Bay County, FL we had this thing called a felony stop. I wish no offense to the Lt but please stay safe and follow your training.

S.S. @ 4/16/2014 6:50 AM

Way to stay in the fight L.T. Helluva job!

Pup @ 4/16/2014 8:17 AM

Lt. get well soon...In no disrespect to the LT, there was no reason for you to approach the vehicle. At a termination of a pursuit of an armed suspect, go by the numbers. Conduct the felony stop tactics. While maintaining your cover, call the suspect out to you. If he refuses, use your resources i.e. K9, Swat team, and is possible air unit. There is no need to expose yourself to the armed suspect. We learn from mistakes and hopefully, we all learn from this incident.
Stay safe LE.

23plus @ 4/16/2014 10:14 AM

Please keep in mind the "news" doesn't always get the story right or quote officials correctly and there is always information left out. This was a felony stop with aviation support. There was no appraoch to the vehicle being made when the suspect started firing.

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