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Identities from Tuesday's bank robbery released

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COLUMBUS, GA - Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower released the identities of the two suspects from Tuesday's bank robbery. They are Tony Carr, 35-years old, and Alrahiem Tolbert, 31-years-old. Tony Carr was pronounced dead at the Medical Center.

Tony Carr, an Army-employed civilian who worked at Fort Benning, was pronounced dead at an area hospital Sept. 6 from wounds sustained during a bank robbery in Columbus. 

Carr worked for the Directorate of Emergency Services at Fort Benning as a fire inspector. He was transported from the incident scene to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. His involvement in the bank robbery is being by investigated by the FBI, GBI and Columbus Police Department.

A military vehicle, signed out by the deceased employee was found at the scene of the incident. The vehicle was registered to the Army at Fort Benning.

Parts of Midtown Columbus were shut down around noon yesterday as police investigated a bank robbery that ended in the two men's death.

Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren confirms to News Leader 9 that a masked man was seen running out of the MEA Federal Credit Union branch on Macon Road around 11:30 a.m. by a Columbus police officer. 

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Bank robbery leaves two dead

 

The officer, Vincent Lockhart Jr., followed the suspect as he entered a black, two door pick-up truck.  There was another person in the pick-up truck.  The suspect drove the truck down Briarwood Avenue and eventually crashed near Gardenia Street, just a block from the bank.

Chief Boren said the suspects then put the truck in reverse and attempted to run over the police officer.

The officer shot both suspects, killing one instantly while the other died later at the medical center.

Both the school district and the MEA Federal Credit Union have issued statements about this incident.

Polly Bell, MEA Federal Credit Union CEO, issued this statement:  "There was, in fact, an attempted robbery of the MEA Federal Credit Union branch on Macon Road this morning. Our staff acted swiftly and they are to be commended for handling this incident according to proper procedures. I applaud the Columbus Police Department for their immediate response and their work with our staff. The branch will be closed for a few days during the investigation."

The shooting led the Muscogee County School District's main offices to go on lockdown.

Officials from the Muscogee County School District noted: "As a precaution, the Muscogee County Public Education Center, Wynnton, Brewer, Baker, Marshall, Rigdon went on lockdown following word of possible gunfire in the area of Macon Road.  An all-clear has been issued. No one at the schools or MCPEC are injured or involved."

Both are Columbus natives and both of their bodies are being sent to the Georgia State Crime Lab for autopsies. Thrower did not know which one of the men was driving and which was pronounced dead at the Medical Center, he said we would have to talk with GBI for that information.

The FBI is investigating the bank robbery and the GBI is investigating incident because it was an officer involved shooting.

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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