Two Dead, Two Injured After Eufaula Bank Robbery, Shootout With Troopers
EUFAULA, Okla. (KOTV) — Two people are dead after a bank robbery in Eufaula Thursday morning (Jan. 21).
It happened at the Bank of Eufaula at 102 North Main.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says shots were fired inside the bank during the robbery and one person was killed and another was injured.
A McIntosh County deputy told News On 6 the deceased man is Randy Peterson, the bank president.
The suspect, 39-year-old Cedric Lamont Norris, was a man dressed in women’s clothing, and he entered the bank about 9 a.m. and shot and killed Peterson, the FBI said. After shooting Peterson, he approached a bank teller and demanded money, according to the FBI.
FBI Special Agent Terry Weber said Norris attempted to take a bank employee hostage as he left, but she resisted and was shot by the suspect.
Norris was seen leaving the bank with a woman in a white SUV, and initially, both of them were considered suspects.
Weber said an OHP trooper intercepted them as they were driving north on Highway 69 at Road 3 near Checotah. Investigators said the SUV was stolen.
OHP Lt. Jon Vincent said a tactical vehicle was used to stop the SUV in a short chase, then Norris drew a gun and began shooting at law enforcement officers, he said. Norris was killed in the shootout with several agencies, troopers say.
Detectives say the woman who was with him was shot multiple times as the exchange of gunfire took place. She later was able to tell investigators she was taken hostage at the bank and was not a part of the robbery. Her injuries were non-life threatening.
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