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Rodeo Bank Comes under Attack!

By James Hawke


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It was around 23:10. The Bank Manager was filing the last cheques, taking down the numbers of the day with the two accountants present with him. The counter workers were starting to prepare for closing down. Citizens of the city were doing their last minute banking before it shut for the rest of the night. Four black on black Bullets pulled up at the side of the bank in the parking lot, remaining static for a while. Out of the shadows; eight males and females, all armed with assault rifles, hopped out of the vehicles and stormed inside the bank. Another vehicle pulled up at the side of the bank; an unconcious sheriff was dragged inside, feet trailing along the floor. The vehicle then quickly drove off leaving the Sheriff inside with the armed males and females, adding him to the large amount of other hostages inside.

The silent alarm was instantly raised as soon as they entered the bank; all Law Enforcement Officers where quickly on scene at the bank. Newly promoted Lieutenant Manuel Casper was finally getting his first taste of blood as he co-ordinated both the Police Department and Sheriffs Department units into setting up a perimeter around the Rodeo Bank. They begun quickly setting up roadblocks at the eastern, western and southern side whilst dispersing the crowds of civilians gathering outside. A few minutes later; a fully armed and equiped Los Santos Police Department SWAT Team had arrived, applying the final touches to their kit before setting up their position.

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Negotiations took place between those inside and LSPD Detective, David Finnegan. During that time the SWAT team broke into the Bank's electrical settings and 'hi-jacked' the security cameras so they could get eyes inside. There was at least eight males and females all armed with the Deputy and two other civilians, all as hostages. Outside the bank, discussions took place between Commander Hartley, Assistant Chief Mitchell and Captain Granger in order to plan out what action they were going to take and how they were exactly going to resolve the problem in the best way possible. Patrol Officers also flooded the Richman Hills to counteract any form of attack from above.

The situation then took a turn; those inside the bank negotiating claimed they had an officer held hostage at a different location. This provided the SWAT Commanders with a tricky outlook on how they should handle things, for all they knew it could have been a bluff. Suggestions were given about how they should go about before they decided to split off three men out of their large team to deal with the second hostage situation. Smartly, they requested the Officer to talk upon the set frequency and once they had heard him speak a triangulation of the radio signal took place; locating him out in a small shack within the Bone County town of Fort Carson. The team, lead by Ryan Granger; due to being pressured by those inside the bank had to take swift action and quickly raided the shack, taking down an armed male and female whilst rescueing Officer Wallace Monroe.

Back at the bank the heat of the situation was increasing by the second. Breaching teams had been assigned on either side of the Rodeo Bank whilst a Long Range Sniper Team had been set up on the rooftops and grass area of Richman; all aiming towards the door ready for the suspects exit. They knew they had to act quick now that they'd taken down their safety net. Unfortunately; the suspects had come to learn that the Officer had been rescued and took action by brutally killing Deputy Mickey Baines who we at TraceNews™ wish his soul a peaceful future wherever it may go.

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Suddenly, Officer Samuel Love was hit by an unknown marksman, taking him down with a shot to the shoulder before further shots were fired all missing their targets. As this happened; the eight males and females inside rushed out, opening fire on Officers before being engaged in a twenty-second long shoot-out with the ground SWAT Officers as well as the aerial SWAT Officers. During the heated shoot-out no officer casualties were taken with all suspects being swiftly eliminated by the attacking SWAT Teams. A ground team then breached the bank to find two more hostages who were completely fine although shaken a little. Officer Love made a full recovery.

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We all expected by now that the situation had concluded, a hostage situation with an Officer and a Bank Robbery was enough for everyone, but there was still more to happen. One of the Police Department's Falcon Units had noticed a black Sultan driving very recklessly away from the scene after the sniper shots had been fired, the vehicle was later picked up and followed as a pursuit engaged with all units of the Los Santos Police Department and San Andreas Sheriffs Department. The suspect, later identified as Kwang Hu, reached high-speeds along the East Beach Highway, eventually being rammed off the road by both Law Enforcement Officers. He was quickly detained by the arriving SWAT team before being confirmed as the marksman who had shot upon Officer Love.

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After the ordeal, we got a quote from Commander Benjamin Hartley.

Yeah; it was a pretty big situation. Nothing we hadn't seen before, but definitely the most organized that we've come across. I'm sorry for the loss of Deputy Mickey Baines, all of our hearts go out to him and his family. This just shows though; no matter how organized you think you are and how much money and weapons you can pump into it. You will never be able to overcome the Special Weapons and Tactics Team of the LSPD. Other than that; it was nice work between both Law Enforcement Forces.

This really was the bank robbery of all bank robberies, but was handled just as any other situation would be by the law enforcement agencies. The outcome, although not completely successful, sent a message to all criminals thinking of conducting a bank robbery.