A woman is in custody and a man has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a bank robbery and standoff Monday afternoon in Alcoa.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office says just after 2 p.m., Alcoa police officers were called to BB&T Bank on Associates Boulevard for a robbery call. Bank employees were able to give a description of the man who they said was a white male wearing a dark jacket and a medical mask.
The employees said the man got away in a dark blue Volkswagen sedan. A short time later, a Blount County narcotics deputy spotted the vehicle on the U.S. Highway 129 bypass. He followed the vehicle to Peterson Lane and then Regent Court.
The deputy saw the vehicle parked in front of an apartment building on Regent Court and noticed the license plate had been swapped from a Tennessee one to a Florida one. More deputies, a SWAT team and agents with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force were called in and established a perimeter around the home. Other residents of the building were evacuated.
Deputies were able to contact a woman who was in the home who came out and told deputies the man inside was going to kill himself. The SWAT team forced their way in and found the man dead of a gunshot wound. Officers found a large amount of cash and a handgun.
An autopsy is scheduled on Tuesday. Detectives also plan to search the Volkswagen on that date.
Charges are pending against the woman. No names have been released.