Auburn robbery suspect shot and killed |

Auburn robbery suspect shot and killed

Following a short pursuit of a wanted Auburn bank robbery suspect Thursday afternoon, Placer County Sheriff’s deputies shot him in Colfax.

Gregory Ray Deford was pronounced dead Thursday night at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital.

Earlier Thursday, the suspect in two recent bank robberies had been identified as Deford, 46, of Weimar. Just before the pursuit, warrants had been signed for Deford’s arrest for robbing the Wells Fargo Bank in north Auburn on Aug. 28 and the Bank of the West on Lincoln Way on Sept. 10.

When Sheriff’s detectives went to contact Deford in Weimar, he fled in his vehicle and a pursuit ensued. Deford refused to stop and a spike strip was deployed. All four tires were flattened but Deford got on eastbound Interstate 80. He exited at Canyon Way in Colfax where shortly after, he crashed his vehicle.

As detectives and deputies attempted to take him into custody, Deford’s actions caused an officer to fire his weapon, hitting the suspect. He was airlifted to a local hospital and his condition is unknown at this time.

The investigation is ongoing and circumstances surrounding the shooting are being investigated. No further information is available at this time.

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