FBI identifies suspect in deadly Eufaula bank robbery

by: JJ Burton Updated:

Loading
EUFAULA, Okla. —

Quick Facts:

  • Bank robbery reported at Bank of Eufaula
  • Cedric Lamont Norris was identified as the suspect gunned down by law enforcement 
  • One person shot to death and another injured at the bank 
  • Bank president killed in the robbery
  • Officials chased suspect on Highway 69 between Checotah and Onapa
  • Suspect killed in gunfire, a woman injured at the chase scene
  • The suspect used woman as a human shield 
  • The FBI is investigating the robbery

FBI officials said Cedric Lamont Norris walked into the Bank of Eufaula and shot and killed bank president Randy Peterson within seconds Thursday morning.

Someone reported a robbery around 9:45 a.m. at the Bank of Eufaula. Shots fired during the robbery killed Peterson and injured two others.

Investigators said Norris shot bank teller Betty Howell after Peterson, then grabbed a customer and took her as a hostage in his getaway car. SEE MORE: Photos from scene of robbery, shooting FOX23 talked to a woman who was in her home, but heard the shooting:

 

FOX23's JJ Burton went to Eufaula as soon as the robbery was reported:

 

Bank robbery and chase ends deadly. We're working to get more information for you.

Posted by FOX23 JJ Burton onThursday, January 21, 2016

Troopers intercepted Norris on Highway 69 and the chase came to an end near Onapa Road with gunfire between him and officers. Three agencies responded to the scene. Norris was killed in the gunfire. He did have stolen money on him but officials have not said how much. A woman the suspect used as a human shield was shot several times and taken by helicopter to a Tulsa hospital in critical condition. She was identified by friends and family as Julie Huff. All Eufaula schools were on lockdown during the incident. The lockdown has been lifted. Officials say the school bus cannot get through because of the crime scene and parents will need to pick up students from the bus the backway behind the Williams General Store. The FBI gave an updated on the investigation around 3 p.m. Thursday:

 

Officials were able to remove the suspect's vehicle and begin to clear the scene Thursday evening: