Police Shoot Suspected Bank Robber In Midtown

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NEW YORK (AP) – A police officer has shot a bank-robbery suspect near one of the busiest spots in Manhattan.

Police officers gather outside a Chase bank, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, in New York.

Police say the man was wielding a knife and was shot by an officer after robbing a Chase bank branch located right next to entrances to Madison Square Garden and Pennsylvania Station.

The shooting happened away from the hubbub of the area, down the block in a less-heavily trafficked area in front of an Amtrak loading dock.

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne says the suspected robber was shot once in the leg by a uniformed officer who just happened to be in the area.

Manhattanite Ethan Harp says he saw the whole thing. The freelance journalist says, β€œthe officer seemed very calm.”

Police say the man, in his 60s, was taken to the hospital, where he was conscious and speaking to doctors. Authorities have blocked off a portion of West 31st Street right near the bank, which is temporarily shuttered.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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