Woodlawn police responded to an armed bank robbery Tuesday afternoon.
Shortly after officers arrived at the U.S. Bank on Springfield Pike, the offender fled in a white Lexus, police said. The ensuing chase took authorities through Springdale, Woodlawn, and Forest Park.
Eventually, the offender crashed, near Northland Boulevard and Waycross Road. Police say he fled on foot into a nearby bar, the Cruise Inn Lounge.
Officers chased him into the lounge. They say he fired two shots at officers inside, striking a patron sitting at the bar.
The victim is in critical condition at a nearby hospital, police say.
Police say the shooter exited the building, discarded his firearm into a garbage can, and was taken into custody.
Dameyon Smith, 35, of Dunbar, W.Va., is expected to face charges in both the bank robbery and the bar shooting.
Police say the bar patron was the only person to sustain injuries from these incidents.
They said money was found inside the crashed car, and that the offender was seen throwing money out of the window at one point.
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