SOUTH STRABANE TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Police continue to search for a bank robber who fatally shot a supermarket customer Sunday afternoon who ran after him and tried to stop him from getting away.
South Strabane Township police said 46-year-old Vincent Kelley was shopping at Giant Eagle in Strabane Square when a man robbed a Citizens Bank branch in the store about 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
According to police, Kelley tried to subdue the robber but was shot several times before the robber sped away in his car.
Jared Cameron told Channel 11 News that he ran out of the store with Kelley and watched as he jumped in the robber’s car.
“The robber ran outside and he turned around and pointed the gun at Vinny. Vinny kept going and running after him. I followed behind him,” Cameron said. “It looked like Vinny reached for his knife, and at that point, the driver turned around and unloaded five or six rounds.”
Cameron said the man then sped away and Kelley either fell out of the car or was pushed out.
“He was hard-headed. If there was a fight, he was in the middle of it trying to break it up. He was a peacemaker," Cameron said.
Police Chief Donald Zofchak said, "I certainly applaud a citizen's efforts to help society, but you see the ramifications. It cost him his life."
Kelley's daughter, 19-year-old Sierra Kelley, said she planned to have a Father's Day meal with her father, and called him a hero.
"He's a hero for what he did today. I don't know what happened, but this is Father's Day and he's supposed to be with me," Sierra Kelley said. "I want whoever did this to know how much it hurts."
A surveillance photo of the robber was released, and police are asking anyone with any information about the shooting to contact them.
Police said they are following several leads, but no arrests have been made.
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