CRIME

Police officer and bank robber dead after shootout in northern city of Vigo

Would-be thief had tried to take customers and staff at branch hostage

A photo from the scene of the shooting, uploaded by the UFP union to Twitter.
A photo from the scene of the shooting, uploaded by the UFP union to Twitter.

An officer from the Spanish National Police and a bank robber died on Friday after a shootout at a bank branch in Vigo, Galicia, in northwest Spain. Another police officer is in a serious condition after being shot twice in the chest.

The deputy manager of the bank has been taken to a nearby hospital with light injuries.

The branch is located in Doctor Carracido street, which was cordoned off on Friday by the authorities after the shooting.

Witnesses explained that the would-be thief died on the scene, while the police officer, who was in a critical condition when taken aboard the ambulance, did not survive the journey to the hospital.

Official sources have confirmed that the bank robber tried to take customers and bank employees hostage.