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Deputies: Security officer killed after ambush at Gary bank

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Posted at 7:31 PM, Jun 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-11 22:52:16-04

GARY — One suspect has been arrested in connection to the shooting death of a security officer at First Midwest Bank in Gary.

The Lake County Sheriff's Department says two male subjects with guns ambushed, shot and killed the officer outside the bank. Deputies believe the suspects then entered the bank and demanded money.

According to the Lake County Coroner's Office, Richard Castellana, 55, of Tinley Park, Illinois, was killed in the incident. The cause and manner of death are pending.

The FBI has taken over the investigation. FBI Indianapolis Field Office’s Gang Response Investigative Team is investigating the incident, FBI Public Affairs Specialist Chris Bavender said.

Bavender said the suspect currently in custody was arrested in the woods at 44th and Garfield in Gary.

First Midwest Bank released the following statement:

We can confirm there was a robbery at our Gary Calumet branch this afternoon and that a security guard was fatally injured during the incident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.

The incident is under investigation, and we are working closely with law enforcement. For additional information, please contact the FBI. The FBI is leading the investigation, supported by the Lake County, IN Sheriff’s Office.
Maurissa Kanter, S VP Director, Corporate Communications First Midwest Bank