Newly released surveillance footage shows a heroic security guard in Illinois stopping a bank robbery dead in its tracks. Brian Harrison, the security guard, can be seen shooting the bank robber after he threatened the customers and bank employees with a gun.
The armed robber, identified as Laurence Turner, 34, went into the Alpine Bank in Rockford, Illinois, with a gun and wearing a ski mask. The moment he aimed his weapon at the tellers behind the counter, Harrison took out his own firearm and shot the criminal, killing him at the scene.
Via RR Star:
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato said the security guard, Brian Harrison, a retired Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department deputy, shot and killed the suspect, Laurence Turner, 34, of Rockford in self-defense and in defense of others.
Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said that Turner also robbed at gunpoint Rockford financial institutions and a retailer: Mincemoyer Jewelers on Nov. 23, when a laptop was stolen; Harvard State Bank on Nov. 28, when an undisclosed amount of cash was taken; and Members Alliance Credit Union on Dec. 16, when money was stolen.
Five people, including three Alpine employees, a customer at the drive-through, and Harrison were in the bank when the shooting occurred. No one other than Turner was injured.
Bruscato said an autopsy showed Turner had opiates and THC in his system.
In a letter to the RR Star, Alpine Bank said of the incident:
The senseless act of violence that stormed into our Alpine Bank Spring Creek branch on Jan. 20 has impacted the lives of each and every member of our Alpine Bank family. We would like to take a moment to share our heartfelt thanks for the support our community has shown.
To our employees of the Spring Creek location: You each did a remarkable job and your actions under this intensely stressful situation were and continue to be commendable.
To the security guard on duty: While facing extraordinary circumstances, you acted with courage and quickness to protect our family. You are a hero to each and every one of us.
Laurence Turner, 34, went into the Alpine Bank in Rockford, Illinois, with a gun and wearing a ski mask. The moment he aimed his weapon at the tellers behind the counter, security guard Brian Harrison took out his own firearm and shot the criminal, killing him instantly.
Who Is Brian Harrison?
Brian Harrison is a retired Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department deputy who works as a security guard at Alpine Bank in Rockford, Illinois.
Who is Laurence Turner?
Laurence Turner, 34, was a serial armed robber who was killed at Alpine Bank on January 20, 2017 by security guard Brian Harrison
Where Is Alpine Bank?
Alpine Bank, 1700 N Alpine Rd #1, Rockford, IL 61107