CrimeTracker: New details emerge in armed robbery, fatal police shooting

Updated: Apr. 30, 2015 at 6:48 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "The officers encountered two armed gunmen who were seen exiting from the back of the building," says Chief Michael Harrison.

The officers say they were responding to an armed robbery in progress at a Dollar General in New Orleans East on Tuesday when the gunmen came running out.

The officers opened fire, killing a 21-year-old suspect. Two other suspects, Spencer Banks and Halbert Adams, were arrested. Police say they're brothers.

"Banks confessed to his involvement in the incident, and detectives learned that his brother, 23-year-old Halbert Adams, is the second gunman in this incident," says Harrison.

FOX 8 obtained an arrest warrant in the case that provides details about what happened inside the store before police arrived.

According to the court documents, it was just before 10 p.m.when two employees locked up and headed out to their cars.

The warrant says two males approached the vehicle, both with guns drawn, and ordered the employees back inside.

The employees, according to the warrant, were forced to turn off the alarm. One employee was told to unlock the safe, while the other was forced into an office where she was told to pull up video of the exterior of the building.

The warrant goes on to describe a police interview with arrested suspect, Spencer Banks. It says that Banks told investigators that he, along with his brother and his brother's friend, decided to "make some money" that night.

It says: "The group traveled up and down Old Gentilly Road and Chef Menteur Highway stopping at two businesses before Adams settled on the final location of the Dollar General."

Mayor Mitch Landrieu says more than 100 police officers responded to the scene.

"They responded quickly enough to catch the suspects at the time, and with the number of employees in the store, it was a very, very dangerous situation," says Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

While the mayor thanks the NOPD for its actions, an investigation is underway concerning the fatal shooting of one of the suspects.

A judge set both Adams and Banks' bond at $600,000.

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