Iowa Department of Public Safety
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Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
June 29, 2016
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Iowa DCI, FBI Investigating Robbery, Shooting at Fort Madison Bank

FORT MADISON, Iowa -- At approximately 10:11 AM, today, June 29, 2016, the Lee County Communication Center received a 911 call in reference to a bank robbery at the Fort Madison Bank and Trust Co. located at 1206 48th Street in Fort Madison. 

The Fort Madison Police Department and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the bank at approximately 10:12 AM and discovered a male subject running from the bank in a southerly direction with an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency.  As they approached the suspect, he fired multiple rounds in the direction of the officers, striking a patrol squad.  Officers returned fire and one round struck the suspect in the torso.  He was transported to the Fort Madison Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The responding officers were not injured. 

The name of the suspect will not be released at this time, pending an autopsy.  The two Fort Madison police officers who returned fire have been placed on administrative leave, per the policy of the Fort Madison Police Department.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were called to investigate the incident.  Also assisting with the investigation is the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa State Patrol (ISP), Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Natural Resource and the Lee County Attorney’s Office. 

No further information will be released at this time as this is an on-going investigation.

Media Contact: Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge Richard Rahn at (563) 370-5109

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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