A man being chased through east-side Salt Lake City after a bank robbery was shot and critically wounded Monday about noon by a Salt Lake police officer.
Witnesses said the man was running through an alley off Sherman Avenue when he was shot three times by Salt Lake Police Officer J.R. Nelson with a .38-caliber revolver, at 1250 E. Laird Ave.One witness said the man "was waving his gun and just wouldn't put it down."
The man was being taken by ambulance to a local hospital at press time.
At about the same time in an unrelated case, police were using dogs to sniff out a man suspected of robbing three shoe stores within an hour.
In the bank robbery, a man entered Key Bank, 290 S. 13th East, about 9 a.m., waited in line for about five minutes, then placed a bag on the teller's counter, said Lt. Joel Campbell.
The bandit then pulled his hand out of the bag and showed the teller a small, black, automatic handgun. He told the teller to give him all the $10 and $20 bills, saying, "If you pull any alarms, you are dead."
After taking less than $1,000, the bandit fled in a car south on 13th East. He parked the car in a driveway at 1330 S. 13th East. The bandit ran west on Sherman Avenue, through yards and over fences, witnesses reported.
Police have recovered a jacket and a clip of live 22-caliber bullets that may belong to the man.
Details were sketchy about the shoe store robberies as authorities searched the area door-to-door after a man fled into a residential neighborhood near 340 E. 8th South.
Apparently a man driving a car matching that driven by the suspect in the robberies saw that he was being followed by a police patrol car about 10:54 a.m., pulled into a driveway, ran through a home and escaped.
A Salt Lake City Police dispatcher said two Payless Shoesource stores were robbed Monday morning. The first, at 2219 S. Highland Drive, was hit at 10:12 a.m. and the second, at 905 S. State, at 10:22 a.m.
Earlier, according to a Salt Lake County Sheriff's dispatcher, a Payless Shoesource in Kearns was robbed at 9:32 a.m.