A man who tried to rob a Maryland bank before a police officer shot and killed him also is suspected of robbing a different bank last month, police said.
The Montgomery County Police Department on Thursday identified 31-year-old Mikyas Mehary Tegegne as the suspect in Wednesday's attempted robbery of a BB&T bank in Silver Spring. Police said Officer Christopher LaPointe shot him.
Tegegne told a bank manager he had a bomb in his backpack and showed a handgun before fleeing without any cash, police said. The officer confronted him in a nearby parking garage and shot him, according to authorities.
Investigators believe Tegegne also robbed a Sandy Spring Bank branch in Silver Spring on Dec. 24, the department said.
Armed Bank Robbery Reported in Silver Spring; Suspect Shot
LaPointe has been placed on administrative leave.