When Laurence Turner walked into Alpine Bank in Rockford, IL on January 20 – armed with a gun and wearing a ski mask – it was the last time the serial robber would terrorize anyone.
High on opiates and marijuana, the 34-year began shooting at the bank’s ceiling and then turned his pistol on a teller behind the counter. That’s when security guard Brian Harrison sprang into action and shot Turner in the chest and the buttocks.
The whole scene was captured on surveillance cameras. Initially, the robber could be seen getting out of his car, covering his face and holding a bag. He entered the bank and threatened the customers and bank employees with a pistol before Harrison – a retired Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department deputy – shot him dead.
The attempted robbery was Turner’s fourth in three months, according to Daily Mail.
He held up Mincemoyer Jewelers on November 23 to steal a laptop, Harvard State Bank five days later when cash was taken and Members Alliance Credit Union on December 16 when he took money again by brandishing a gun.
As it turns out, it was his last. As for Harrison, he has been dubbed a hero by the bank. The Winnebago County State Attorney Joe Bruscato confirmed Tuesday that he acted in self-defense and in the defense of others and will therefore face no charges.
Score one for the good guys.
You can watch the scene unfold HERE.