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UPDATE: Bank Robbery/Gun Battle Suspects Released from Hospital

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UPDATED INFORMATION: St. Louis city police say both suspects from Thursday’s Pulaski Bank robbery and shootout have since been released from a hospital.

Officers said a 57-year-old suspect was shot twice in the head, and once each in the wrist and ankle.

A 49-year-old suspect was shot in the hand, buttocks, and ankle.

Police say they’ll be applying for warrants Friday afternoon.

The officer, a 42-year-old 12 1/2 year force veteran, was treated for a graze wound to the leg and released.

Police did recover cash and two weapons from the suspects’ vehicle.

Our Previous Story:

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Two would-be bank robbers disguised as construction workers were shot by city police Thursday morning, in a running gun battle that stretched from south St. Louis to the north side and ended with a bomb threat and controlled detonation of an explosive device the suspects were carrying.

Authorities say one of the suspects was shot in the head and the neck and is hospitalized in critical condition – the other was hit in the hand. A police officer was also wounded in the exchange, but his injuries are considered minor.

The first bullet fired was inside the Pulaski Bank in the 3100 block of South Grand, around 9:30 this morning. That’s when police said the two suspects – dressed in construction gear including hard hats – entered the bank, pulled a weapon and shot once into the ceiling to intimidate customers and staff. They also placed a grenade like-device on the teller counter and demand money.

Following the robbery of an undisclosed amount of cash, police say the suspects exited the bank, taking the device with them, driving off in a green pickup truck.

Officers spotted them soon after, and began a pursuit, lasting about 15 minutes, during which the suspects fired at police from their vehicle.

The chase ended in North St. Louis when the suspects hit a slower moving car in front of them at Marcus and Lexington. Police officers rammed the suspects’ truck from behind, disabling the vehicle.

At that point, a hail of gunfire erupted, involving the suspects and the police officers on the scene – ending with both the suspects wounded and a police officer hit in the leg.

The injured were extracted from the scene and taken to local hospitals – but a bomb and arson squad was called in to examine that grenade-like device used in the bank robbery, which was later detonated as a precaution.

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Two black males wearing construction work clothing robbed the Pulaski Bank located at 10 Maryland Plaza, March 29th, 2011. (PHOTO/Bandittracker.com)

While there is no official confirmation yet, the suspects’ description does match the two men who robbed the Pulaski Bank Branch at 10 Maryland Plaza in the Central West End last month. Police believe those suspects were younger but are trying to see if there is a connection.

<< More photos of the Pulaski Bank Branch robbers can be seen HERE>>

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