By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE shot and killed an armed robbery suspect and are on the hunt for his accomplice after a man was taken hostage early yesterday morning.
According to reports, the armed suspect was fatally shot when police interrupted an armed robbery in progress around 3am on Sunday.
When officers responded to the robbery at the Columbus Primary School
playing field, they saw two men walking on Hampton Street armed with a handgun holding a man hostage.
As police approached the men, one of the suspects raised and pointed a handgun at the officers.
The officers in turn opened fire on the armed suspect. He was shot and died on the scene.
The other suspect fled on foot and evaded capture.
Police are appealing to members of the public who might have information to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS.
This is the third suspect police have killed in the past three months.
In July, police shot and killed two men after a high speed chase in Nassau.
In that incident police say officers were conducting an operation around 2am when they saw four men acting suspiciously in a dark grey Nissan Sedan.
The men reportedly sped away when officers tried to stop them. Police pursued the speeding car to a Prince Charles Drive intersection.
One of the suspects is reported to have got out of the car and pointed a gun at the officers. The officers, in turn, opened fire hitting him multiple times and killing him.
Police say the driver then tried to run the officers over with the Nissan. Police also opened fire on him. He died at the scene.
None of the officers was injured in the incident. The remaining two men were arrested and taken into custody.