Fair
52°FFairFull Forecast

2 dead in southern Illinois bank robbery

Published: Friday, May 16, 2014 9:23 a.m. CDT

CAIRO – Illinois State Police say two people died and a third was critically injured during a bank robbery in the southern Illinois city of Cairo.

Investigators say a person of interest is in custody in connection with the First National Bank holdup shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday.

State police say a man entered the bank with a knife and a gun, though details have not been released.

No charges have been filed. A spokesman with the FBI's Springfield office says that agency is heading the investigation, and more details may become public later Friday.

The victims' names haven't been released. A relative told WSIL-TV that her cousin died in the robbery and says the family is "just in shock right now."

Both of those who died worked for the bank.

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Daily Chronicle.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Watch Now

Player embeded on all DDC instances for analytics purposes.

Raven's Husky Haven and Rescue in Sycamore

More videos »

Reader Poll

Which is your favorite dog breed?
Siberian husky
French bulldog
Labrador retriever
German shepherd
Boxer