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Suspected bank robber shot, killed

A man suspected of robbing two Auburn banks was shot and killed in Colfax after fleeing from law enforcement.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect in two recent bank robberies as Gregory Ray Deford, 46, of Weimar.

Just before the pursuit Thursday, a judge signed warrants for Deford’s arrest on suspicion of robbing the Wells Fargo Bank in north Auburn on Aug. 28 and 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, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin. Deford allegedly refused to stop, and officers used a spike strip to stop him.

All four tires of his vehicle were flattened, but Deford got on eastbound Interstate 80. He exited at Canyon Way in Colfax and crashed his vehicle. As detectives and deputies tried to take him into custody, Deford’s actions allegedly prompted an officer to fire his weapon, hitting the suspect.




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

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


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