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Alleged bank robber shot after high-speed chase in Cities

Associated Press

PLYMOUTH, Minn. — Plymouth police officers shot a bank robbery suspect Friday morning after he led them on a high-speed chase through the northern suburbs that reached speeds of about 100 mph.

"What we are hearing initially from the hospital is that he is going to be OK," said Capt. Dan Plekkenpol of the Plymouth Police Department. "So it doesn’t sound like it’s going to be a fatal shooting."

Authorities said police were investigating how many times the suspect was shot. No police officers were hurt during the incident, which began with the armed robbery of the TCF bank in St. Anthony around 6:45 a.m.

Authorities said the suspect drove west on Interstate Highway 694, with officers from numerous agencies in pursuit, and eventually moved down I-494 in Maple Grove and Plymouth.

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State traffic control cameras showed the suspect throwing money bags from the car as it sped down I-494.

The chase ended about 7:20 a.m. at I-494 and state Highway 55 after a Brooklyn Park squad car bumped the suspect’s car and spun it to a stop.

Plekkenpol said three Plymouth police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

Police from Plymouth, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center and St. Anthony, Hennepin County sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents were on the scene Friday morning.

St. Anthony Police Chief John Ohl said he was not sure how the suspect got into the bank, which, according to the TCF Bank Web site, was not open at the time of the incident.

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