Following a police pursuit and car accident, a suspect in a Matteson bank robbery died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
At 11 a.m. Friday, a Matteson police officer was making a village deposit inside of a BMO Harris bank, located at 4940 W. 211th St.
The officer observed a man speaking to a teller and holding a wad of cash in his hand. The man made eye contact with the officer on his way out of the bank.
Then, the teller fell to the ground and began hyperventilating. The officer went to help the teller and was notified that a robbery occurred.
The officer chased the suspect out of the bank. Then, the suspect got into a white 2003 Nissan.
A second officer observed the suspect fleeing the parking lot and initiated a pursuit onto westbound Route 30, then onto northbound Interstate 57. The pursuit continued onto eastbound Interstate 80.
At some point, the suspect conducted a U-turn onto westbound I-80, then back to southbound I-57, in the northbound lanes. The vehicle exited onto eastbound Vollmer, driving at high speeds.
Upon passing Cicero Avenue, the officer observed the suspect point what appeared to be a handgun to the right side of his head. The officer heard an apparent gunshot and observed the driver’s side glass break out.
The vehicle veered off of the roadway into the field on the south side of Vollmer Road. The vehicle lost control and flipped, striking the utility pole for ComEd, as well as the fence for the Matteson Pump House.
Matteson police say the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
An undetermined amount of money was recovered from the vehicle.
Police say the suspect had to be extricated from the overturned vehicle by the Matteson Fire Department.
The power to the area is being restored with the help of ComEd.
Authorities are working to reconstruct the accident, and Matteson police are jointly working with the FBI to investigate the incident.