Click to view image: 'fd3189c8a695-32719.jpg'They apparently were banking on the luck of the Irish to grab their pot of gold on St. Patrick's Day, but the fairy tale came to an an abrupt and bloody end in a Tennessee field.
Two suspected bank robbers — one dressed as a leprechaun — died after an all-too-real shootout with police, BBC News reported
Police said a suspect dressed a wee green man and toting a large-caliber gun held up First State Bank in Gallatin, a suburb of Nashville, and scored an undisclosed amount of cash.
The costumed suspect had first checked out nearby Fifth-Third Bank nearby about midday but left, possibly because it was crowded, witness Bradley Webb told Tennessee's News Channel 5.
The man in the tall felt hat, fake black beard and long green garment then took his colorful act to nearby First State Bank.
"About two minutes later, the manager at Fifth-Third said, 'He's running, he's got a blue bag,' " Webb said, according to News Channel 5.
The costumed man joined another suspect in a car outside, and the two fled, BBC News reported. Cops spotted the vehicle and gave chase, and a wild gunfight broke out.
One police cruiser was hit by several bullets and disabled, News Channel 5 said. The two suspects crashed, ditched their car off the highway and fled into a field near the Cambridge Farms subdivision.
One suspect was killed by police fire — and the other took his own life as cops closed in, News Channel 5 confirmed.
Money was recovered from the abandoned vehicle, which had a large leprechaun hat in its backseat.
The suspects have not been identified.
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