Police ID suspect, slain bystander in bank heist

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) - Authorities have identified a bank robbery suspect and a bystander from Georgia he allegedly shot and killed during a police chase in the southeast Kansas town of Coffeyville.

Police Commander Mike Brown said in a news release that 39-year-old Ross A. Williams of Claremore, Okla., was arrested without incident at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Williams is suspected of holding up a Bank of America branch in Coffeyville shortly before 5 p.m.

The robber fled in a car parked nearby, and police began a chase that ended when the suspect bailed out of the car and opened fire with a rifle. A bystander who died in the gunfire has been identified as Willie Neal of Georgia. Neal's age and hometown were not immediately known.

Williams is jailed while authorities prepare charges.

FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton says an undisclosed amount of cash was taken in the holdup


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