Police release identities in Alcoa bank robbery, standoff

ALCOA, Tenn. (WATE) - The Alcoa Police Department has released the identities of two people, both from Florida, they say were responsible for a bank robbery on Monday, one of whom died of a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Police say Eric David Iler, 33, was found dead at a home on Regent Court. Laura Ann Spencer, 39, was charged by police with aggravated robbery.

Officers were called to a robbery at BB&T Bank, 109 Associates Boulevard just after 2 p.m. Monday. A teller said a man walked into the bank wearing a surgical mask and demanded she hand over money. He raised the right side of his shirt revealing a pistol in his waistband.

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After getting the cash, police say the suspect met a woman on the sidewalk and drove off. Witnesses were able to give police a description of the vehicle.

A Blount County narcotics deputy later spotted the suspect vehicle on the U.S. 129 Bypass and followed it to Regent Court. Other deputies, a SWAT team and officers with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force surrounded the home and evacuated other residents. The building is subdivided into three units.

Deputies made contact with Spencer, who eventually came out and told deputies Iler said he was going to kill himself.

Members of the SWAT team forced their way in and found Iler deceased with what an autopsy later showed was consistent with a self-fincluted gunshot wound.

Spencer is being held on $60,000 bond.

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