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Man fatally shot trying to rob Mt. Washington bank is identified

| Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, 11:24 a.m.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
A customer finds First Niagara Bank on Shiloh Street in Mt. Washington closed after an armed robbery on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.
Keith Hodan | Trib Total Media
The First Niagara Bank on Shiloh Street on Mt. Washington was closed Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, following an armed robbery. A Pittsburgh police officer working a security detail shot the robber, who was taken to UPMC Mercy in critical condition.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office on Saturday identified the man fatally shot by a Pittsburgh police officer as he tried to rob a bank as Raymone Davis, 21, of Mt. Oliver.

The attempted robbery happened just after 10:20 a.m. Friday at the First Niagara on Shiloh Street, where the officer was working security, public safety spokeswoman Emily Schaffer said.

The officer was in the rear of the bank when the man walked in and ordered employees and customers to the floor.

Police said the officer identified herself and fired once when the man pointed his weapon in her direction, hitting him in the left torso.

The officer was not injured. She aided the man until paramedics took him to UPMC Mercy in Uptown, where he died at 4:52 p.m.

Authorities later determined that the chamber of the man's firearm contained one round, Schaffer said.

Davis was on probation for convictions of simple assault and drug dealing and had earlier convictions for drug possession, retail theft and defiant trespass, according to county court records.

Police and detectives swarmed the scene, keeping onlookers and media members several blocks from the bank, which is about a block from the popular Grandview Overlook. The area, cordoned off with police tape strung between streets and light poles, was opened by about noon.

Detectives and officers came and went throughout the early afternoon. A computer-printed sign taped to the inside of a glass door informed patrons that the bank would be closed for the rest of the day.

Officials did not identify the officer. Police said that per protocol, she has been placed on 48-hour administrative leave.

Police said the bank was robbed Oct. 15 and Nov. 16, but they did not know if Friday's crime was connected.

Howard Todd, who owns and operates the Grand Brew Café and DiFiore's Ice Cream Delite next to the bank, tried to intervene in a robbery at the bank in 2013, he said, and the robber shot at him.

“Maybe this will be a deterrent,” Todd said of Friday's shooting. He added, “Hopefully this will make people think twice.”

Statistics on bank robberies at that First Niagara branch were not immediately available, or were citywide statistics. There were 204 bank robberies in the state last year.

“It's just gotten to the point where it's like, ‘Oh, the bank got robbed again,' and people go about their business,” said Darlene Lutheran, owner of Eiseltown Flower Shop, about half a block from the bank.

Despite that, she said, she does not feel unsafe in the neighborhood. Lutheran hopes Friday's incident will give other would-be robbers pause.

Todd and Lutheran were interviewed in the afternoon before the suspect died.

Pittsburgh police are working with the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office and the FBI as the investigation continues.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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