Deputies issue warrants against former police chief accused in bank robbery, shot after car chase

VIDEO: Deputies issue warrants against bank robbery suspect shot after car chase

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office issued three warrants for a former Upstate police chief suspected in a Friday afternoon bank robbery in the Pawleys Island community.

Deputies release a surveillance image from the robbery at a Bank of America on Friday shortly before 6:00 p.m. (Source: Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office.)
Deputies release a surveillance image from the robbery at a Bank of America on Friday shortly before 6:00 p.m. (Source: Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office.) (Source: GCSO)

Richard Edward Inman, 49, of Fountain Inn, is being charged with armed robbery; entering a bank, depository or building and loan with intent to steal; and failure to stop for a blue light.

Deputies say he was wounded following a vehicle chase and stop south of McClellanville Friday.

Inman was the Williamston police chief until he resigned in 2011. According to WYFF, in 2017, Inman was accused of robbing a Bank of America branch in Simpsonville. He was given a sentence of 15 years suspended to four years probation.

Investigators say Inman’s latest arrest involved him entering the Bank of America branch on U.S. 17 in the Pawleys Island community just before 6 p.m. Friday and presenting a teller with a note demanding money. He said he was armed with a firearm, according to a report. He left the area in a van that was spotted by deputies traveling south on U.S. 17 in Georgetown County.

The ensuing chase entered Charleston County and passed through McClellanville. Charleston County deputies helped stop the vehicle.

After exiting the van, the suspect was wounded by a deputy. He was taken into custody and transported to MUSC for treatment.

Inman was transferred to the Georgetown County jail Monday night, according to a post from the sheriff’s office there.

The State Law Enforcement Division is in charge of the investigation.

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