By Alan Shope, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
Just outside of Mound City, where police and bank robbery suspects were involved in shootout.
KINCAID, KS (KCTV) -
A wild scene from the old west played out Wednesday morning in Anderson and Linn counties. Robbers hit up a small town bank and then got into a shootout with police.
People in Kincaid, KS, are still reacting to the news of the attempted robbery of their bank Wednesday and a daring shootout with police just down the road. Some said the bank has been hit several times before and it's a target for robbers.
It's clear by all the shattered glass and bullet holes surrounding the suspects' getaway vehicle just how violent the chase and shootout was.
Kansas state troopers said about 10 a.m. two men in their late 20s and early 30s robbed the Citizens Bank in Kincaid. Shortly after, state police and the Anderson County Sheriff's Department picked up the trail.
The pursuit headed towards Mound City in Linn County where the suspects got into a shootout with officers. Several rounds flew as the suspects allegedly shot out their back window at the troopers chasing them, hitting one patrol car.
Troopers quickly stopped the car and arrested the suspects, taking them to Linn County Jail.
Troopers also said an employee called 911 after the attempted robbers never got into the bank, thanks to a door buzzer system.
"I just imagine they probably had masks or something on, you know, and they couldn't get in," Jim Williams said.
It's a scene he said his family has seen before. Williams lives across the street from the small town bank but said, once inside, there could be problems.
"Not much security really, to tell you the truth, no security officers," he said. "Maybe that's what they need."
Williams is not alone as other town residents feel the bank is a target because it's so rural.
"It's isolated, it's in a rural area, it's easy to get to and easy to get out of, there's many ways to go," Kincaid resident John Schreiner said.
"They've got to do something to them, they can't just let them go," said C.R. Whitcomb, another resident of the town.
The suspects are currently in the Linn County Jail and, despite all the shooting, no one was injured.
KCTV5 will bring you more details on this attempted robbery and shootout in the 6 p.m. News.
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