WICHITA, Kan. (4/5/13)--A man who allegedly ambushed Credit Union of America employees as they arrived for work Wednesday in Wichita, Kan., and robbed the credit union, died of a self-inflicted gunshot during a shootout with a sheriff's deputy, said the Wichita Police Department.
The robbery accelerated Credit Union of America's decision to close the branch permanently, the credit union told The Wichita Eagle (April 4).
CEO Bob Thurman told the newspaper that the credit union was already providing limited drive-through services. Although the decision to close the branch is not directly related to the robbery, the robbery acted as catalyst for speeding up a decision about the branch. A combination of slowing activity and the added expense to providing security at the location factored in the decision.
Police said Horace L. Gwyn, 26, was fleeing the credit union when a deputy arrived on the scene and gave chase (KAKE.com April 3 and April 4).
Early reports had indicated the deputy had shot and killed Gwyn, but new information released Thursday morning indicated that the suspect fired a shot at the deputy as he ran, then put the gun up to his head and fired. Meanwhile, the deputy was returning fire and hit Gwyn in the back (KSN.com and The Wichita Eagle April 3).
The incident occurred at 7: 22 a.m. Gwyn allegedly waited and ambushed employees as they arrived for work and forced them inside. Police said he hit one teller over the eye with a gun and shoved the other. Both received minor injuries. The deputy, who was nearby, responded to a silent alarm.