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Federal charges filed against bank robbery suspect trooper shot at

KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WANE) - A 21-year veteran of the Indiana State police fired a shot at a bank robbery suspect Saturday morning in Kendallville, according to ISP Spokesman Sgt. Tony Slocum.

Slocum said numerous law enforcement officers responded to the Campbell and Fetters Bank, 135 East North Street, around 10 a.m. for a reported robbery. Immediately afterward, authorities spotted a man leaving the bank in a hurry and reversing out of the parking lot before driving "evasively" through local business parking lots and onto U.S. 6.

Law enforcement officers caught up to him at S.R. 6 and U.S. 6.

There, the trooper was able to block the path of the fleeing suspect, according to Slocum. The suspect accelerated and rammed the pickup truck of the state trooper, according to Slocum. The trooper fired one shot towards the suspect but did not hit him.

The suspect then drove southbound on State Road 3. He reached speeds up to 111 mph, charging information said.

Police slowed the vehicle with spike strips at S.R. 8, and other officers eventually captured the suspect near Old State Road 8 and State Road 3, Slocum said. He was identified later as Danurell Blair.

According to a federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Blair drove from two different Fort Wayne motels to case the bank and establish a get-away route leading up to the robbery.

In the complaint, investigators said they recovered surveillance video from the bank which showed Blair enter the bank and shout, "Give me all your money! All of it! Don't give me dye packs!" He made off with $27,114 in cash, the complaint said.

The FBI Bank Robbery Task Force was investigating the robbery.


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