THE BRONX — Police shot and killed an armed robber after chasing him into an apartment building in Morris Heights Thursday morning, the NYPD said.
The suspect, whose identity was not immediately released, used a handgun to steal cash and an iPhone from a 24-year-old man who was waiting for the bus in the vestibule of the Chase Bank on West Burnside Avenue near Davidson Avenue sometime before 4 a.m., police said.
Officers found the suspect a few blocks away and chased him into a building near West Tremont and Davidson Avenues, police said. During the chase, officers spotted his gun — a loaded semiautomatic Lorcin .380 — police said.
Officers got into a struggle with the man inside the apartment building, and one of the officers shot him twice in the chest, police said. Police could not immediately say whether the man pointed the weapon at the officers.
Paramedics transported the suspect to St. Barnabus Hospital where he was pronounced dead, the NYPD said.
The loaded handgun and iPhone were found at the scene, police said.