Manatee sheriff's office releases video of chase, shootout with bank robbery suspect

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on May 7, 2014 

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday released dramatic video footage of an April 14 chase of a bank robbery suspect that ended with with a shootout -- during which a deputy was wounded -- and the suspect shooting himself to death.

An internal affairs report, which accompanied the release of the video, stated that the four deputies in the shootout acted appropriately when they returned fire after their colleague was injured.

An autopsy found that the suspect, Ross Chrisman, shot himself to death.

The video was shot from the sheriff's office helicopter, which tracked Chrisman as he drove south on U.S. 301, turned east on 51st Avenue East and then turned south on 33rd Street East north of State Road 70, where the shootout occurred.

Chrisman was driving a truck that matched the description of a vehicle used in a bank robbery in south Manatee earlier in the day. Authorities said Chrisman was also a suspect in robberies at two convenience stores in Sarasota.

The wounded deputy, Lt. Bob Mealy, who was shot in the arm, has recovered from his injuries and returned to duty.

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