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Bank Robber Fatally Shoots Himself During Police Chase

A three hour chase involving multiple law enforcement agencies ended when the man police were after killed himself in Upper Mifflin Township.

CUMBERLAND CO., Pa.— A three hour chase involving multiple law enforcement agencies ended when the man police were after killed himself in Upper Mifflin Township. Two officers were also shot while in pursuit.

Police say the whole thing started when 27 year-old Dakin Burgess of Pittsburg robbed the M&T Bank off Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg just before 5 p.m. Monday.

Investigators say he was armed and fled with $12,000. He left the scene up 1-81 North with police not far behind.

At that point, shots were exchanged and a trooper was hit in the foot.

"It was very fast, very fluid,” said Capt. Steve Junkin of Pennsylvania State Police. “They got out, exchanged fire. Immediately, the suspect got back in the car, fled. The trooper, although struck, got back in the car and continued to follow the suspect."

Police believe Burgess drove though Shippensburg and then tried to hide in a cornfield, placing cornstalks over his vehicle.

He fled in his car after police sent in a bomb detecting robot. After that, things escalated again.

"Near the intersection of Roxbury Road and Middle Road, a shootout ensued between the actor and two troopers,” said Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed. “One trooper was shot by the actor in the right upper shoulder."

Investigators say a police car then intentionally rammed into Burgess's car, which caused him to crash.

"The van hit the pole, flew in the air, flipped around,” said Duane Wert, who witnessed the crash that happened in his front yard. “I heard the bang, bang I thought, and I come in and told [my wife] to get down from the window."

Police say the chase ended in Newville, Pennsylvania after Burgess hit a telephone pole and then shot and killed himself with his gun.

Officers say Burgess had a prior felony drug conviction. They also say based on evidence found in his car, they linked him to a bomb threat at the Marion Mennonite Church Preschool last Friday.

Authorities say the two injured troopers are in good condition. The investigation is ongoing, and an autopsy of Burgess will be conducted Tuesday.

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