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Suspect in bank robbery chase was deep in debt, boss says

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The bank robbery suspect who shot two state troopers during a chase through Franklin and Cumberland counties before killing himself Monday night was overwhelmed by severe financial problems, his employer said Wednesday.

Dustin Cumer is the owner of a video game store in Pittsburgh where 37-year-old Dakin Burgess had worked for the past year and a half. He told abc27 News that Burgess was his best employee.

"He was an extremely hard worker, very friendly to everyone around him," Cumer said. "He was a very good salesman; very, very knowledgeable with computers and technology."

Cumer said it was clear that money was a big problem for Burgess, who had a wife and a young child. Court records indicate that in 2005, he was fired from his job as a registered nurse after he admitted to stealing and using medical narcotics.

On his Facebook page, Burgess is pictured with the logo for the Grand Theft Auto, a video game in which players earn points for armed robberies, car chases and killing police officers. Cumer was adamant that the employee he knew would never attempt to emulate a video game.

"I think he was literally just so far in the hole when it came financially that I think he just lost it," he said. "I think he just broke down."

It is still unknown why Burgess, a Pittsburgh resident, was in Franklin County, where he allegedly robbed an M&T Bank in Chambersburg. Authorities said they also evidence in his minivan that linked Burgess to a bomb threat Friday at the Growing Tree Preschool in Marion.

Authorities said he stole about $12,000 from the bank late Monday afternoon before he shot one pursuing trooper in the foot after stopping along Interstate 81 near Scotland.

Burgess then led troopers to the Shippensburg area and the Newville area, shot a second trooper in the shoulder, and ultimately crashed into a tree in the 400 block of Roxbury Road in Upper Mifflin Township, according to investigators.

Troopers found him dead in his minivan from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.

 

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