LA bank robbery ends with Pearl River County shootout

PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A bank robbery in Louisiana ended with a high speed chase and shoot-out in Pearl River County Wednesday morning.

Authorities say Capital One Bank in Bogalusa is where it all started. It came to a conclusion on Highway 26 at an abandon grocery store and restaurant in the White Sand Community, just West of Poplarville.

The suspects were caught, but not before an intense gun battle.

"It appears that both were young white males," said Chief Joe Culpepper, of the Bogalusa Police Department. "They were wearing gloves and masks at the time of the robbery. They were both brandishing fire arms inside the bank."

Culpepper said the two men made their getaway in a black jeep.

"We got the call a little after ten that the pursuit was coming into our county," said Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison.

Chief Culpepper picks up the story.

"As my officers were chasing this vehicle they neared the Pearl River County Bridge they attempted to stop it, to do a blockade at that time the suspects opened fire and shot up one of my police cars."

Culpepper said after the first round of gunfire, the pursuit continued to an abandon grocery store and restaurant known as Shella's.

"There were three Bogalusa officers here that were engaged in a gun battle with the two suspects," said Sheriff Allison.

Judging from the shell casing markers on the ground, there were more than 30 shots fired. Some of the rounds went through the windows of the store, while others struck the windshield of the suspects' car. Authorities said after a fierce gun battle in the parking lot of the abandon grocery store, the suspects then ran into a wooded area through a nearby field.

"Our officers responded to the deadly force with deadly force. And both perpetrators ended up being shot," said Chief Culpepper.

Authorities recovered an undisclosed amount of money in that field. The suspects were air-lifted to Forrest General Hospital. Their names and conditions have not been released.

None of the Bogalusa police officers were hurt during the shootout. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations is investigating the case.

Police said the Jeep the suspects were driving was reported stolen from St. Tammany Parish Louisiana around 4am Wednesday morning.

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