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Deputies: Suspected bank robber in Slidell shoots self

St. Tammany deputies say a suspected bank robber shot himself in the head, just as deputies caught up with him.

The robbery happened a little after noon Wednesday at Gulf Coast Bank on Oak Harbor Boulevard in Slidell.

FOX 8 received this news statement from the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office Wednesday afternoon:

A man suspected of robbing a Slidell area bank at gunpoint shot himself this afternoon after deputies located him in his vehicle in a nearby neighborhood.

The Sheriff's Office received a hold up alarm from the Gulf Coast Bank located at 1900 Oak Harbor Blvd., Slidell at around 12:15 PM. A 911 call was made to the Sheriff's Office shortly afterwards during which responding deputies were provided a description of the suspect's vehicle.

Within minutes, deputies located the vehicle in the Kingspoint subdivision. When deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, the suspect shot himself in the head with a small caliber handgun. Deputies used the push bumpers on their patrol cars to bring the suspect vehicle to a stop. The suspect was transported to Ochsner Hospital in Slidell before being transferred to University Hospital in New Orleans.

Witnesses told investigators that the suspect entered the bank with a hoodie and mask and was wearing gloves. He displayed a handgun and demanded money; an undisclosed amount was given to him.

Inside the suspect's vehicle deputies found a mask and gloves along with a handgun. The suspect was wearing a hoodie and a large sum of money was found on his person.

The investigation is ongoing and the identity of the suspect, as well as any other details, will be made available as they develop.

The suspect's identity is being withheld pending determination of his medical status.

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