An armed man who attempted to rob a bank in downtown Lowell on Saturday afternoon fatally shot himself during a rooftop standoff with local and State Police, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.
The man, who carried no identification, entered the Lowell Cooperative Bank on Hurd Street at about 1:12 p.m. with a gun and took three bank employees hostage, according to the district attorney’s office.
Lowell Police responded to the bank’s silent alarm, and the man fled the from the bank upon their arrival.
As he ran, he fired two shots at pursuing police officers. No one was injured during the chase and police did not return fire, said Jessica Venezia, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.
“He luckily missed the officers,’’ Venezia said.
The man, who did not take any money from the bank, then climbed up a fire escape to the roof of a nearby building. State Police and SWAT units arrived at the scene to aid Lowell police before the man turned the gun on himself.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
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