Police shot and killed a suspect who ran from authorities after robbing a 24-year-old man at gunpoint in an ATM vestibule in the Bronx early Thursday, authorities said.
The victim told police he was standing inside the vestibule at the Chase bank on West Burnside Avenue around 4 a.m. while he waited for the bus when the suspect, described as being in his 40s, walked in and flashed a gun. The suspect stole the victim's iPhone and some cash and ran off.
The victim flagged down a patrol car, told the officers he had been robbed and gave them a description of the suspect that was then broadcast to officers on patrol in the area, police said.
A short time later, officers near Jerome Avenue and West 179th Street spotted a man who matched the suspect's description. One officer got out of the patrol car and approached the man, but he started running, police said.
The officer gave chase, and, while he was running, he noticed the suspect had a gun in his hand, authorities said. The suspect ran into the lobby of an apartment building on Davidson Avenue and the officer followed him. Backup arrived and a struggle ensued between the officers and the suspect.
One officer fired his weapon, striking the suspect twice in the chest. The suspect was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
It wasn't clear if the suspect fired his weapon, which was recovered at the scene (pictured above). The stolen iPhone was also recovered.
Four officers were treated for tinnitus at the hospital; one of them also had a hand injury.
The robbery victim was not hurt.