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WKU student killed trying to escape after bank robbery


GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) - Police have linked a deadly St. Patrick's
Day bank robbery by a man in a leprechaun costume with a
Christmastime bank holdup by a man in a Santa suit.
Police on Thursday said the two suspects who died after a
shootout with Gallatin police were David Christopher Cotton of
Brentwood and Jonathan Ryan Skinner, a Western Kentucky University
student. Both were 20 years old.
Patrol car video of the police chase released Thursday showed
one of the suspects leaning out of the passenger window of the
getaway car and firing several shots at police.
The suspects later ran into a field and exchanged fire with
officers. Police said Cotton committed suicide.
Police credited information from the FBI with linking Cotton to
the Dec. 22 Santa robbery in Nashville.


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