He walked in, opened fire, but forgot one thing: when you rob a bank with a trained, armed security officer on staff, you won’t get far.
What you are about to see is graphic. I’m not necessarily talking about the shooting itself, although I am warning of the graphic content. I’m more talking about the fact that today, people are still extremely careless when it comes to the lives of others. They are out to do whatever it takes to steal, rob and forcefully try to take what does not belong to them.
Thankfully for the employees of the Alpine Bank in Rockford, Illinois, a security officer, Brian Harrison, was quick to action.
WIFR originally broke the story having interviewed the Winnebago County State’s Attorney, Joe Bruscato who said if not for the security officer, things could have been different.
“There is no doubt in my mind the actions of Brian Harrison saved the lives of those that were employees in the Alpine Bank location on that date and saved his own life,” Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato, told WIFR.
Below is the security footage that shows how it all unfolded.
Turner, the attempted bank robber, was on drugs at the time according to the report. He was shot twice and pronounced dead at the scene.
The Sheriff’s Department also linked Turner to three other armed robberies in 2016: Two banks and a jewelry store.
With the large controversy over guns in today’s society, there’s no doubt that two guns were involved in this incident. The difference is the owner and operator of those guns. The bad guy who wants to inflict malice and harm. Then there is the officer who was able to save lives of several people in this incident.
No charges have been filed against Officer Harrison. The State’s Attorney office has said the officer was acting in the defense of himself and of others.