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Standoff with Bank Robber ends in Apparent Suicide

A standoff in Plymouth MN between police and a suspected bank robber ended Friday when the robber apparently shot himself. David Dean Dahlen, 47, was found this morning dead after a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police. The incident began around 12:35 p.m. yesterday when police recieved a report of an armed robbery at a US Bank at the Four Seasons Mall. Witnesses say Dahlen first tried to escape the scene jumping into a vehicle that failed to start. Dahlen then fled on foot, Plymouth police said. He ran until reached some nearby homes along the 4200 block of Quaker Lane. Dahlen forced his way into a house where he ordered a woman, the only occupant, to get out. The woman was not harmed. Once outside, she contacted the authorities. Police arrived and setup a perimeter around the house and tried to contact Dahlen by phone. Failing to reach Dahlen, police entered the home around 5:30 p.m. Officers found Dahlen in an upstairs bathroom, dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. Officers were also able to recover the money stolen from the bank.

The Star Tribune really covered this story well, detailing the lockdown procedures surrounding neighbors and a local school had to endure. Both the Tribune and the Pioneer Press mentioned Dahlen had been released from prison in 1997 for a previous bank robbery, something that I believe gives readers a better idea of just the type of person Dahlen was. Although the Star Tribune article is longer, the Pioneer Press article seems to achieve the same result, only in less space.

Read the Pioneer Press article here1

or click the title to reade the Star Tribune article