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Autopsy: Suspect killed himself in shootout with deputies

An autopsy on a bank robbery suspect confirmed that he died Monday from a self-inflected gunshot during a shootout with Manatee County deputies.

The Manatee County medical examiner’s office found no other gunshot wounds in the body of 24-year-old Ross Chrisman, the Manatee sheriff’s office said Thursday.

Investigators said Chrisman robbed a Parrish bank on Monday, then wounded a deputy and was later found dead in his pickup truck after the exchange of gunfire.

A necropsy of a dog found in the pickup showed that it was killed by a deputy’s bullet during the shootout, the sheriff’s office said. Initially, it appeared the dog had been shot by Chrisman.

The deputy who was shot, Lt. Bob Mealy, continues to recover and is doing well, sheriff’s office spokesman Dave Bristow said in a news release. Mealy, 52, was released from a hospital Monday after undergoing treatment for a wound to his right arm, deputies said.

Deputies responded about 11:25 a.m. Monday to the robbery at Florida Bank, 3704 84th Ave. Circle E., after witnesses said the suspect, armed with a handgun, demanded money before fleeing in a pickup.

Several minutes later, Mealy spotted Chrisman driving north on 15th Street East and then heading south on U.S. 301. After deputies attempted to use stop sticks twice, Chrisman stopped the vehicle before shooting at deputies as they approached his truck at the 5100 block of 33rd Street East, near State Road 70.

Mealy was shot in the arm, and deputies and Chrisman then exchanged gunfire, the sheriff’s office said.

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