Suspect's suicide confirmed after shootout with deputies

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Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:25 am

BRADENTON, Fla. – The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office confirms that a bank robbery suspect shot and killed himself during a shootout with deputies earlier this week.

The robbery took place Monday at the Florida Bank on University Parkway. Sheriff's deputies say they quickly located 24-year-old Ross Chrisman on 33rd Street East and a shootout ensued with Chrisman, who was still in his truck.

Thursday, the sheriff's office says an autopsy confirms that Chrisman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Initially, authorities said it appeared as though the Sarasota man also shot and killed a dog that was with him in the truck. Investigators now believe the animal died when deputies returned gunfire.

Lt. Bob Mealy was hit in the right forearm in the shootout, and is expected to make a full recovery.

Also Thursday, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Chrisman was the person who robbed two Sarasota convenience stores a short time before Monday's bank robbery.

They say he robbed the Shell Gas Station on Bee Ridge Road at Tuttle Avenue around 11pm Sunday, and the Stop 'N Shop on Tamiami Trail south of Bee Ridge Road around 7:20am Monday.

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