MADISON, Wis. - A security guard at a Chase Bank on Madison's far east side shot and killed an attempted armed robber Thursday, according to officials.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval told News 3 that witnesses said the suspect gestured as if he had a weapon and held up a bag while demanding money. A weapon was not seen, Koval said.
The Dane County Medical Examiner identified the man killed at the bank as 35-year-old Luis Marty Narvaez of South Milwaukee. He died of the gunshot wound.
The armed security guard, who had been working at the branch for three weeks, confronted the robber and then shot him, police said. The suspected would-be robber was pronounced dead at the scene.
Koval said Friday that the man who was killed didn't have a gun. The suspected robber had a history of bank robberies, Koval said.
Seven people were in the bank at the time. They were unharmed, officials said.
Chase Bank officials released a statement Friday calling the incident "very sad and unfortunate."
Koval told News 3 the incident Thursday was the fourth robbery at the bank. Chase Bank officials said it is implementing enhanced security measures as a result.
Koval said the police department is not identifying the security guard, but that he is employed with Off Duty Services, a Katy, Texas-based firm that contracts with the bank.
Officials with the Wisconsin Bankers Association also commented on the incident.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the staff and customers who were present,” the association wrote in a statement. The WBA also reiterated that robbing a bank is a federal crime.
Koval said the district attorney will decide whether the shooting warrants charges against the security guard. The guard is cooperating with officials.
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