- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - State authorities say the fatal shooting of a suspected bank robber in Fort Madison was justified.

Thirty-seven-year-old Lafayette Evans, of Nashville, Tennessee, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest on June 29.

The Office of the Iowa Attorney General said Tuesday that Fort Madison police officers David Doyle and Benjamin Brown shot at Evans to protect Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Sproul, who was under fire from Evans.

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The office says Evans fired two shots into the bank ceiling during his robbery of Fort Madison Bank and Trust Co. He had more than $224,000 in cash with him when he fled the building.

Officers say they spotted Evans running from the bank and say Evans fired several more shots, hitting a patrol car being driven by Sproul.

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