Armed bank robbery suspect fatally shot near train station, official says

By Noah Cohen|

ORANGE — An Essex County Sheriff’s detective shot and killed an armed bank robbery suspect near the Orange train station Thursday evening, law enforcement officials said.

Sheriff’s detectives were in the area investigating reports of drug activity when they heard an alert about a bank robbery at a PNC branch on Main Street around 5:30 p.m., according to Sheriff Armando Fontoura.

The detectives found the armed suspect, identified themselves as police officers and ordered him to stop, but the suspect refused the commands of the officers, said Essex County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly.

It appeared that one detective fired his weapon, according to Fennelly, who said the investigation was continuing. The suspected robber was rushed to University Hospital, where he died around 6:15 p.m.

The suspect’s gun was recovered at the scene near the station along with an unspecified amount of cash stolen in the robbery, authorities said.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.