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Deputies investigating STCU branch robbery

Suspect may have been shot, wounded by armed customer inside credit union

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Deputies in Spokane Valley have responded to an attempted robbery at the Spokane Teachers Credit Union branch located in the 13200 block of E. 32nd Avenue.

About 1:40 pm Spokane County Sheriff's deputies responded to the credit union on a report of an attempted bank robbery. An initial report, which Deputy Mark Gregory stressed hadn't been confirmed, was that a customer inside the credit union was armed with a weapon and fired "a shot or shots" at the suspect.

"At this point the belief is the suspect was possibly hit in the arm and fled the bank on foot last seen heading north,"Gregory added.

K9 teams, along with Air 1, have joined the search for the suspect, who Gregory said is described as a white male, between 5'8" and 5'10", approximately 160 lbs., wearing a gray shirt with red writing and a fisherman's boonie-style hat. It's not known at this point in the investigation whether or not the suspect had a weapon.

It's not known yet whether or not the suspect was able to getaway with any money as its too early in the investigation to determine whether or not the suspect was engaged by the armed customer before or after the robbery attempt.

Spokane Teachers Credit Union tweeted it had closed down its South Valley branch for the remainder of the day, will remain closed through the July 4th holiday and reopen next week.