Cops: Bradenton officers shoot bank robbery suspect

BRADENTON — A 66-year-old man matching the description of a gunman who robbed a Manatee bank last month was shot by Bradenton police this afternoon after employees apparently thwarted a hold-up at their bank, police said.

Police identified the suspect as Charles Kincaid Jr. of Sebring.

Sometime before 1:30 p.m., employees at Gateway Bank, 2100 Manatee Ave. W., recognized the man as he approached the bank. They were able to lock the door before he could enter, said Bradenton Police Deputy Chief William Tokajer.

About 1:42 p.m., police stopped a truck the man was described as driving in the 1600 block of 26th Street West. As the man sat in the truck, he pulled a gun on the officers. The officers then opened fire and shot him in the arm, Tokajer said.

Neighbors said they heard officers several times order the man to drop the gun, and then they heard gunshots. Tokajer said officers fired two shots, and the man was hit once.

Said Tokajer: “The individual did pull a gun on two police officers, and the officers returned fire, shooting the individual.”

Tokajer said Kincaid had two handguns.

Kinkaid was flown by emergency helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

Tokajer said Kinkaid matched the description of the man who on May 18 robbed the First Bank branch in the 3000 block of 53rd Avenue East. In that hold-up, the suspect was wearing overalls and fled in a pickup truck., authorities said.