April 10, 2014
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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An adult male sought following a reported bank robbery in Ontario early Thursday afternoon died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after being transported to a hospital. The man was found suffering a gunshot wound seated in the suspect vehicle after stopping on side of an area road south of Ontario.
Updated information indicates on April 10, 2014 at approximately 12:27 p.m., OSP troopers were notified by Ontario Police Department (OPD) to be on the lookout for a pickup that fled a reported bank robbery at the Bank of the West in Ontario. The pickup driven by an adult male armed with a handgun reportedly fled south as OSP, OPD, and Malheur County Sheriff's Office headed along area roads to locate it.
At approximately 12:35 p.m., an Ontario police officer saw a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle’s description traveling south on Alameda Drive and attempted a traffic stop. The driver was slow to yield before stopping on the shoulder near Onion Avenue. While staying back at the patrol car waiting for cover officers to arrive, the driver shot himself.
OSP and OPD arrived shortly thereafter and approached the pickup where they found the male unconscious, slumped over with a gunshot wound to his head. The man initially wasn't breathing and had no pulse. Officers initiated emergency medical care and the man started breathing.
Medics arrived on scene and transported the man initially to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario. He was then transferred to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise and was pronounced deceased. His name is withheld pending positive identification and confirmation that next of kin were notified.
A handgun was found inside the pickup.
Alameda Drive was closed at Railroad Avenue and Onion Avenue for 2.5 hours while detectives from the Major Crime Team investigated. The Malheur Major Crime Team includes members from OSP, Malheur County Sheriff's Office, and Ontario Police Department.