Sheriff: Mississippi bank teller killed, suspect also dead

Published 8:17 pm Wednesday, June 21, 2017

SALTILLO (AP) — A Mississippi bank teller was killed during an attempted robbery, and authorities say the suspect took her own life after a police chase.

Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson tells news outlets that 64-year-old Judy Guin was killed Wednesday at the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Mantachie, a town of about 1,100.

Jim Johnson, the sheriff in neighboring Lee County, says his department was called to help pursue a suspect in a black sport utility vehicle.

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Johnson says the suspect died in Saltillo, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Mantachie. Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green tells The Associated Press that 28-year-old Ashlee Smith of Pontotoc appeared to die of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Johnson says a weapon was recovered and it matches the caliber of shell casings found inside the bank.