UPDATE: Suspects have been identified as Rayfiel Gill, 40, of Gulfport, MS; Lillie McCoy, 43, of Wiggins, MS; Katron Pittman, 17, of Gautier, MS; and Gary Taylor Jr., 17, of Purvis, MS. They are now in custody in Carrollton after spending the night in the Smith County Jail where a judge set each of their bond at $1,000,000.


TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Suspects in a Carrollton bank robbery and shooting were arrested Thursday in Smith County.

According to NBC5 in Dallas, the four suspects shot an armored truck employee Thursday afternoon during the attempted robbery. The suspects confronted the employee outside of a Bank of America in Carrollton and then shot him in the arm. The employee is expected to survive the shooting.

“Last thing I heard, I heard a bunch of fireworks like [the] Fourth of July. Next thing I know is I came inside. Store manager told me, everybody, to get inside,” John Ortiz, who works near the bank, told NBC5.

The police received the call about a robbery in progress just after noon, according to Jolene DeVito, Carrollton police spokesperson.

There were two people in the armored truck, and they were working near the ATM outside the bank, said officers. Law enforcement also did not mention if the accused robbers took any money.

Smith County officials confirmed that the suspects were pulled over Thursday on I-20 without incident. Law enforcement from Smith County, Precinct 5, Precinct 4 and others were involved in the arrest.

DeVito also said the victims possibly sped away from the area after the shooting, and there were many bullet holes visible on the armor truck.

The FBI also helped investigate the incident, and they usually do this during bank robberies, said DeVito.


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