Police arrest suspect in Parma bank robbery, pursuit

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A Parma police officer fired his gun while chasing after a bank robbery suspect Saturday morning.

According to Sgt. Kevin Riley, a man robbed the Dollar Bank at 5219 Pearl Road at just before 10 a.m.

A Parma police officer pursued the robbery suspect, who fled in a minivan. During the pursuit, a Parma motorcycle officer fired his gun at the suspect, after he reportedly struck him, knocking him off his bike.

The suspect was not hit.

The pursuit advanced to Berea, where the suspect abandoned the minivan and fled on foot into the woods. He was tracked by police and K-9 officers and arrested in a wooded area off of Grayton Road.

He was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor bite injuries sustained during his arrest.

The motorcycle officer was also taken to the hospital with injuries sustained when he was struck by the suspect, according to police. His condition is not known.

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