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Suspect who wounded Manatee deputy died of apparent suicide

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has identified the suspect in Monday’s bank robbery who wounded a deputy and later was found dead in his truck after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On Tuesday, deputies identified the man as Ross Chrisman, 24, of Sarasota.

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

Several minutes later, sheriff’s Lt. Bob 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.

Deputies and Chrisman then exchanged gunfire, the sheriff’s office said.

A preliminary autopsy showed that Chrisman died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Deputies searching the pickup also found a dead dog they said was shot by Chrisman before turning the gun on himself.

Mealy, 52, was released from a hospital after undergoing treatment for a wound to his right arm, deputies said.

Mealy has been with the sheriff’s office since 1996.

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