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FBI to investigate botched Buena Park bank robbery

March 2, 2012 |  8:55 am

 The FBI is taking over the investigation of a Buena Park gunman, who held a bank manager hostage before SWAT officers critically wounded him on Thursday.

The gunman had stepped outside the bank with his hostage to retrieve an item that he had demanded police bring to him, authorities said.

Police declined to say what the item was, only that the shooting broke out once the gunman walked outside.

The would-be bank robber was taken to the UC Irvine trauma center. The hostage was rescued unharmed by police, said Buena Park Police Chief Corey Sianez.

Police said the bank manager was with the suspect when he was shot.

Six bank customers were released by the gunman earlier in the ordeal, which began just after 11 a.m. at Saehan Bank on Beach Boulevard.

Authorities said they are classifying the incident as an attempted robbery.

Three SWAT officers received minor injuries at the end of the two-hour standoff.

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-- KTLA News

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