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Suspect Killed in Wall St. Shootout

August 10, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Police fired about 35 shots as they chased an armed bank robbery suspect down a crowded street in Manhattan’s Wall Street area Monday, killing the suspect and wounding a passerby.

A bank teller recognized a man in the bank as the same person who held her up in June and told a security officer, who called police, said assistant police chief William Taylor.

When police confronted the man, the suspect pulled out a gun and refused to put it down, so officers began firing at him, Taylor said.

The man, whose name was not released, was hit by a bullet, but ran out of the bank and through crowds of office workers on their lunch break, police said.

``Blood flew everywhere, it was on the sidewalk in splatters,″ said Donald Littlejohn, 53, who saw the shootout as he walked near the bank.

Police did not know how many times the suspect was hit, and said it was unclear whether he shot back. Littlejohn said he saw the suspect shoot several times at police.

The suspect made no attempt to rob the bank while he was inside, Taylor said.

A woman was hit in the buttocks and hospitalized in stable condition.

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