LOCKLAND, OH (FOX19) - A standoff with a bank robbery suspect that shut down southbound I-75 in Lockland for over two hours has ended with the suspect in custody. The situation started when the PNC Bank in the 7300 block of Tyler's Corner Drive in West Chester was robbed Tuesday morning. A bank employee told the 911 dispatcher the suspect was carrying a gun and wearing all black. They were able to give police a good description of the van.
Police quickly gave chase as the suspect took off on southbound I-75. The suspect crashed around 9:50 a.m. near the Reading Lockland exit.
The suspect, later identified by police as Jackie Jackson, Jr., 31, of Cincinnati, refused to get out of the van. Police and SWAT responded, and say three officers fired shots at Jackson and a total of seven rounds were fired. Bullet holes were spotted in both the suspect's van and a West Chester police cruiser. Jackson was only carrying an airsoft gun, which shoots out plastic pellets.
The van Jackson was driving is from Direct Expediting in Mason. The owner of the company tells FOX19 the van was stolen sometime early Tuesday morning.
The standoff caused a few businesses to be evacuated. Premier Food Management on Lock Street, which contracts food services for schools, day cares and organizations, was evacuated. Due to the evacuation, employees were unable to deliver food to the Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday.
In addition, a Marathon gas station and Subway restaurant at the corner of South Cooper and Wyoming was also closed. Two employees from the Marathon and one from Subway were evacuated.
In a news conference given Tuesday afternoon, West Chester Police Chief Erik Niehaus said Jackson is in the hospital being treated for injuries sustained in the crash. He faces charges of robbery and charges related to pursuit. He has not officially been charged at this time.