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Two Suspects, Third Person Killed in Small-Town Missouri Bank Robbery, Chase

May 19, 1994

ASHLAND, Mo. (AP) _ A bank executive was shot to death during a bank robbery today and two suspects - a woman and a man - were later killed in a shootout after leading police on an hourlong chase.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper was wounded when one of the suspects fired at a patrol helicopter, Cpl. Tim Hull said. The chopper made an emergency landing without incident.

Authorities did not say how much money was taken, but it was recovered at the scene of the shootout.

Boone County Sheriff Ted Boehm said one person wearing a ski mask and armed with a handgun went into the South County Bank of Ashland around 10:15 a.m. There were about six people in the bank.

Robert Sapp, 51, a bank vice president, was killed during a struggle inside the bank, said Detective Michael Stubbs. Sapp was the only one shot.

The fleeing robber got into a car where another person was waiting, the sheriff said. A police officer spotted the suspect car at the edge of Jefferson City, a few miles to the south, and started a chase that was quickly joined by Highway Patrol troopers.

When the car was finally blocked, about 25 miles to the northeast near the town of Portland, the two suspects were killed after a short shootout, Hull said.

Ashland, a town of about 1,200 people, is in central Missouri.

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