Police: Robbery Suspect Shot During Gunfight Died
Suspects Responsible For Several Other Robberies, Police Say
updated 2:49 p.m. ET, Tues., Feb. 10, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Greensboro police said a suspect who was shot Monday evening during a gunfight with officers has died.
Police said the man, identified as Demarcus Majors, 22, and another man, Christopher Patterson, 23, robbed the Wachovia Bank at the intersection of Holden and High Point Roads in Greensboro, around 4:30 Monday afternoon.
A 911 call tipped officers in time for them to give chase to the men as they drove away from the scene. That chase ended in a crash and gunfire on Patterson Street near Business-40.
Greensboro Capt. John Wolfe said that most of the gunfire was exchanged near Patterson Street, and that the location of the gunfight was fortunate because it wasn't densely populated.
An officer was also injured in the chase and suffered a gunshot wound to his legs. He was listed in stable condition.
"When the suspects entered the bank, they were very violent and very vocal. They jumped over the counter, went to the vault, and approached the tellers," Greensboro Capt. Janice Rogers said.
Several police cruisers were damaged in the pursuit. Police said the vehicle that Majors and Patterson drove away in had been stolen earlier from an apartment complex.
North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation agents were called to investigate the shooting, which is standard during officer-involved shooting investigations.
Rogers said it took investigators almost 11 hours to process the scene.
Rogers said several charges were pending against Patterson, who remained in the hospital Tuesday.
"I never like to see an ending of this magnitude where we have people injured on either side. It definitely hits home," Rogers said.
Wolfe said Majors wasn't unknown to local law enforcement agencies and that the Department had tried to help him find a job.
Rogers said Majors and Patterson were also suspects in several other robberies in the Triad.
"It was surprising to us to learn that this was one of the guys involved, because we had recently been in contact with him on an employment issue," Wolfe said. "I'm not sure what else we could have done for this young man."