EDISON — An armed robber apparently committed suicide today after an armored car company employee foiled the gunman’s attempt to rob a bank in the township, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Chief Thomas J. Bryan of the Edison Police Department announced.
A preliminary investigation has determined that the robber, whose identity has yet to be determined, was pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick at 11:38 a.m. after he attempted to rob the PNC Bank at the Tano Mall on Amboy Avenue in Edison.
The incident began shortly before 10:08 a.m. when the gunman entered the bank. The armored car company employee, who was in the bank, opened fire and struck the gunman. Exactly what occurred in the bank before the shooting remains under investigation, officials said.
There were no customers in the bank and no one other than the gunman was injured. It was not immediately known how many bank employees were present.
After being wounded, the gunman ran from the bank into a neighboring supermarket and fled through a rear entrance, where he was confronted by three Edison police officers.
All three officers were in uniform, but two were off-duty and had been working at a nearby road project when they were alerted to the robbery.
As the officers approached the suspect, he held a gun to his head and fired a single shot, officials said. The officers, who were not identified by authorities, did not fire their weapons.
The results of an autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office may determine which of the gunshots was fatal, authorities said. The results were not immediately available.
Police remained at the scene and the investigation is continuing with assistance from the FBI.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Investigator Adrian Villegas of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-4428, or Detective Michael Michalski of the Edison Police Department at 1-732-248- 7400.
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