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Standoff Ends: 3 Killed, Including 1 Police Officer, During Colorado Springs Shooting

Officials: 3 deaths confirmed in Colorado shooting

Two civilians and one police officer were killed Friday after a five-hour standoff at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood building that ended with the gunman’s surrender.

The University of Colorado in Colorado springs police department identified the officer killed as 44-year-old Garrett Swasey, a six-year veteran of the force.

Nine other people, including five police officers, were shot and are in good condition, police said.

Lt. Catherine Buckley of the Colorado Springs Police Department said the gunman, described as wearing a long coat and armed with a rifle, gave up after officers inside the building shouted at him. He previously had been firing at police who entered the facility.

Buckley also said the unidentified man had brought “items” with him inside the building and left some outside, meaning officers had to make sure they were not “any kind of devices.”

Police were still trying to determine if there were any more injured or fatalities, she said.

The gunman apparently began his deadly spree at the Planned Parenthood building, although it was not clear if his motive was related to the organization.

“We don’t have any information on this individual’s mentality, or his ideas or ideology,” Buckley said. Read the rest of this entry »

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FBI: ‘Buddy Bandits’, ‘Rabid Fan Bandit’ Teamed Up to Rob 16 Seattle Area Banks

140423_Bank_Robbers_300SEATTLE — For KOMO News,  writes: Like some sort of real-life Legion of Doom, a group of six suspected criminals with colorful monikers have been arrested* after teaming up to rob 16 banks, according to the FBI.

Various law-enforcement agencies have been looking for a suspect they were calling the Rabid Fan Bandit because he always wore a different sports team’s hat since March and a group of suspects dubbed the Buddy Bandits because they worked in a team since the beginning of April.

As of Monday, all six suspects have been arrested, according to the FBI.

Jeff Black, 27, was arrested April 11 in Kent on an unrelated warrant. Vincent Thompson, 31, was arrested April 16th in Spanaway. Robert Adams, 31, was arrested April 21 in Des Moines.

Three other juvenile suspects were arrested in Federal Way April 12 through April 14.

According to the FBI, it is believed Adams, probably the Rabid Fan Bandit, was teaching the Buddy Bandits, likely the juveniles and Black, how to rob banks and then driving them to the crimes.

All six suspects have been charged with robbery.

The Rabid Fan Bandit is suspected in the following robberies:

  • Auburn Chase Bank on March 3
  • Spokane Banner Bank on March 10
  • Covington Chase Bank on March 13
  • Renton Chase Bank on March 19
  • Lakewood Wells Fargo on March 24
  • Tacoma Chase Bank on March 31
  • Puyallup Chase Bank on April 14
  • Des Moines US Bank on April 21

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