Suspected Bank Robber Shot and Killed During Standoff in Visalia

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A man was shot and killed in a Visalia neighborhood following an armed bank robbery.

Visalia police got the call of a bank robbery at the Tri Counties Bank on S Pinkham St. in Visalia around 11:15 Wednesday morning.

Bank employees said the man kept a hand in his pocket like he had a gun and demanded money.

The man took the money and left in a pickup with the tailgate open.

The man eventually got out of the truck and police saw he was holding a handgun.

Police say they demanded he drop the gun but he raised it causing them to open fire.

The man fell to the ground but continued holding the gun.

Officers say they continued to tell him to drop the gun but they say he raised it again causing them to open fire again.

They say the man was still moving and still holding the gun, forcing them to shoot him a third time.

Officers rendered first aid until paramedics took over and pronounced the man dead.

Police say a total of six officers fired their weapons.

All six officers were wearing body-worn cameras.

Click to listen to the report by KMJ’s Liz Kern: