EUFAULA, Okla. – A deadly bank robbery that claimed the life of an Oklahoma bank president only took a matter of seconds, according to police.
On Jan. 21, authorities say 39-year-old Cedric Norris walked into the Bank of Eufaula and shot Randy Peterson, the bank president, who later died at the scene.
After shooting Peterson, authorities say Norris walked up to a bank teller and tried to take her hostage. When she refused, investigators say Norris shot employee Betty Howel before grabbing customerJulie Huff and taking her hostage.
Authorities say Norris and Huff left the bank in a stolen car, which had been taken during a violent robbery in Texas that left a convenience store clerk with serious head injuries.
Norris led officers on a chase on Hwy 69 to the town of Onapa, where he exchanged gunfire with troopers and officers.
Police say Norris was fatally shot and Huff was injured by the gunfire.
The robbery began at 9:31 a.m., according to police records obtained by the Tulsa World, and the first 911 call was made at 9:32 a.m. after Norris and Huff had already left the bank.
A Eufaula detective initiated the pursuit at 9:36 a.m., which came to a violent end around 9:48 a.m.
Eufaula Police Chief Don Murray gave the Tulsa World the 911 calls made from the bank to dispatchers, asking for help after the shooting.
“Betty’s been shot too!” a woman can be heard yelling while calling 911.”We had a shooting at Bank of Eufaula and we need an ambulance, we have people hurt.”
“Yes, I need an ambulance. The Bank of Eufaula’s been robbed and person’s been shot,” a man said.
“Alright, I’m getting EMS in route. How many people’s been hurt? Just one?” the dispatcher asks.
“Two,” the man says.
Officials say the victims, Huff and Howell, were both transported to local hospitals where they underwent surgery. They are both expected to survive.
Friends and family members of Huff have since set up a YouCaring page, hoping to raise money to assist with medical expenses.