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Bank Robbery Suspect Who Fatally Shot Himself After Car Chase Identified As Former Atlanta Cop

MATTESON, Ill. (CBS) -- Police in south suburban Matteson say the man who robbed a BMO Harris bank last Friday had been a lieutenant on the Atlanta police force - until he was fired after a DUI arrest.

At the bank robbery last week, Matteson Deputy Police Chief Robert Debeikis says, the robber had a gun tucked into his waistband - and showed it as he demanded money.

Then when the robber left - a chase began - and Debeikis says the robber raised the gun to his head and shot and killed himself.


It was later that police learned the identity of the robber: 44-year-old Maurice Dodd.

Debeikis says Dodd was visiting family in the Chicago area.

But he was from Atlanta - and had been a police lieutenant there - until he was fired after being arrested for DUI several months ago.

"A lot of people recover from DUIs, and I know it's tough being a police officer losing your job for DUI, but frankly, it's not the end of the world. I don't know what the rest of his story was, but it was quite tragic."

Deputy Chief Debeikis says they've learned something about the gun Dodd used to kill himself.

"When we recovered the gun, it did say 'property of Atlanta Police Department' on it. So I'm assuming it was from his police job."

Police recovered $4,100 that was taken in the bank robbery.

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