Two dead in robbery: Oklahoma Bank Robbery
January 24, 2016 by staff
Two dead in robbery: Oklahoma Bank Robbery, The suspect in a robbery in which an Oklahoma bank president was fatally shot had been released from a Texas prison by mistake, records show.
The Oklahoman reported Saturday that the records indicate Cedric Lamont Norris had been allowed to leave the Texas prison in March 2012 despite still needing to complete prison sentences of 60 years and 10 years in Oklahoma.
Norris, 39, died during a shootout with police following the robbery Thursday at the Bank of Eufaula in eastern Oklahoma.
The FBI told CBS affiliate KOTV Norris shot and killed bank president Randy Peterson and then shot Peterson’s assistant, Becky Howell, when she refused to leave with him.
That’s when Norris took customer Julie Huff hostage and forced her to drive his getaway car. Officers initially believed there were two suspects, not knowing Norris had taken a hostage.
Eight miles north of the bank, Norris got out of the SUV and started shooting at officers, who returned fire.
Sources told KOTV Huff got out the car and screamed she was a hostage.
In all, 50 rounds were fired. Huff was hit multiple times as Norris tried to use her as a human shield.
Friends told KOTV Huff underwent surgery Friday and faces a long road to recovery.
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