The chief executive of Bank of Eufaula in Oklahoma was shot and killed on Thursday by a robber.
Randy Peterson, 64, died during the robbery, said Mick Thompson, commissioner of the Oklahoma State Banking Department. The bank remained closed Friday following the incident.
"It's a tragic loss to Oklahoma community banking," Thompson said. "There's not a kinder, gentler or more well-mannered gentleman than Randy Peterson."
Peterson died after being shot in the stomach by a male robber who walked into the $93 million-asset bank's branch disguised as a woman, The Oklahoman reported.
The suspect, 39-year-old Cedric Lamont Norris, then attempted to take two employees hostage. When they resisted, Norris shot and injured one of the employees. Norris was able to take a customer hostage and attempted to escape in a vehicle. He was stopped by a state tropper and killed after exchanging gunfire. The hostage was severely injured in the incident.
It was not yet clear how much money Norris had taken and what had been recovered, FBI Special Agent Terry Weber told The Oklahoman.