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Ol' Westminster gunfight: Two bank robbers killed, two cops shot

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The explosion of violence that took place in Westminster yesterday harks back to the days when the law rode horses and gunmen died young 'n' purty.

As the Westminster Police Department tells it, a thus-far-unidentified man and woman stuck up the First Bank on 120th Avenue, then tried to make their getaway in a Subaru -- a vehicle slightly more impressive than the bicycle a bank robber in Lakewood pedaled away on following a crime earlier this week, but only just. When cops spotted the Subaru at a nearby grocery store, shots were fired -- plenty of them. The Bonnie-and-Clyde wannabes died in the subsequent rain of lead, while Officer Sean Chandler and Deputy Chief Tim Carlson were shot, sustaining non-life-threatening injuries.

Here's more from the WPD:

Bank Robbery Turns Deadly

On November 19, 2009 at approximately 11:51 a.m. Westminster Police were notified of a bank robbery at the First Bank in the 5100 block of 120th Avenue. A male and female had entered the bank, both with handguns, demanding the money.

Several minutes later a Westminster officer spotted the suspect vehicle in the Safeway parking lot near 104th Avenue and Federal Boulevard. When officers tried to stop the vehicle, the suspects refused to pull over and began shooting at officers as they tried to get away. Officers used a PIT (Precision Immobilization Technique) maneuver to spin out the suspect's car and end the pursuit. When the suspect's Subaru stopped they began shooting at officers again. Several officers returned fire, killing the male driver and wounding the female passenger. The female suspect was transported to Saint Anthony's Central Hospital and later died from her injuries. The identity of both suspects will not be available tonight. When ready, their names will be released by the Adams County Coroner.

During the shooting, Senior Police Officer Sean Chandler was shot in the hip. Officer Chandler was transported to Saint Anthony's Central Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Officer Chandler has been with the police department since 1998.

Deputy Chief Tim Carlson was also struck by a bullet during the shooting. Deputy Chief Carlson did not require medical attention and was not transported to a hospital. Deputy Chief Carlson has been with the police department since 1987.

This is an on-going investigation and additional information will be released when it is available. Please contact Investigator Trevor Materasso at 303-658-4427 or tmateras@cityofwestminster.us for any inquires to this incident.

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