Update: Suspect Shot Himself in Bank Robbery Chase

Update: Suspect Shot Himself in Bank Robbery Chase

The robbery suspect who led police on a chase through Franklin and Cumberland Counties, fatally shot himself after crashing his vehicle Monday, according to officials with the Pennsylvania State Police.

FRANKLIN AND CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. -- The robbery suspect who led police on a chase through Franklin and Cumberland Counties, fatally shot himself after crashing his vehicle Monday, according to officials with the Pennsylvania State Police.

Police say the suspect, Dakin Burgess, 37, of Pittsburgh, robbed the M&T Bank on Lincoln Way East in Guilford Township around 5 p.m. Monday evening, and fled the scene in a black mini van. A trooper spotted that van, and a chase ensued.

The trooper involved in the chase was shot in his foot during the pursuit, and contact with the vehicle was lost. During this time, students at Shippensburg University received an alert that an armed and dangerous man could be in the area.

Officials say Burgess then drove and hid inside a corn field near Shippensburg and attempted to camouflage his vehicle with corn stalk. State Police sent in a bomb detector robot, which scared Burgess off and he drove out of the corn field.

Eventually, the vehicle was spotted again and another pursuit ensued with the help of helicopters.  According to State Police, multiple troopers were injured in that pursuit, with non life-threatening injuries.

Officials say the pursuit came to an end when Burgess crashed his vehicle into a telephone pole on Roxbury Road and then fatally shot himself.

The incident is currently under investigation by PSP, the Franklin county and Cumberland County district attorneys, and Cumberland county coroner. 

Police believe that Burgess made a bomb threat to an area school at the end of last week.


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