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Bank robbery suspect in custody after shooting at St. Petersburg Police Officer

According to the St. Petersburg Police, at about 10:50 this morning, a man robbed the Mid Florida Credit Union, 2646 4th St. N. He fled in a Toyota Corolla with an undisclosed amount of money.

An officer spotted the car and tried to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect pointed a gun at the officer and did not stop. The officer followed and the suspect fired at least once at the officer. The bullet missed the officer and hit a work van that was passing in the area. No one was hurt.

The Toyota crashed on 22nd Avenue North near the I-275 ramp.

It was a single vehicle crash and no other vehicles were involved.

The suspect was identified as 51-year-old Charles Combs.

Combs is facing two counts of Attempted Murder (in the Third Degree), Fleeing and Eluding Police Officer (High Speed or Wanton Disregard), Leaving the Scene of a Crash (Involving Property Damage), Wreckless Driving With Property Damage or Injury, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and three Robbery (with a weapon) charges for the following cases:
1.      MIDFlorida Credit Union (2646 4 ST N) on August 6, 2020
2.      MIDFlorida Credit Union (2646 4 ST N) on July 7, 2020
3.      American Momentum Bank (5858 Central) on June 23, 2020

Pinellas County Robbery/Homicide detectives interviewed Combs at the St. Petersburg Police Department and he admitted to the robbery on August 3rd in Seminole

Detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office charged him with one count of Armed Robbery in addition to charges from the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Additional info will be posted when available

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