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Botched Camden County Robbery Leads To Police-Involved-Shooting

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STRATFORD, N.J. (CBS) — The Camden County Prosecutors office has announced the arrest of one suspect, wanted in connection with a botched robbery attempt that lead to a police-involved-shooting Monday morning.

According to police, Dwayne Tribbet, 31, and Dorelle Wallace, 21, attempted to rob the Community Check Cashing facility on the first block of the White Horse Pike in Stratford. Both men, armed with guns, approached an employee as she was opening the store at about 9 a.m. and put a gun to heard, police say.

They forced the woman into the store and ordered her to open a safe. When she did not comply in time, the two fled without any cash in a silver Jeep. Officers were immediately dispatch with the vehicles description and made contact with the suspects on Coolidge Avenue.

After a short pursuit, Tribbet and Wallace fled into the Bishop Court Apartment complex where they were quickly surrounded and told to drop their weapons and surrender.

Police say Tribbet repeatedly shouted that he would not be taken alive and continued to brandish his weapon. When he did not comply with requests, a Lindenwold officer shot him in the chest. He was flown to Cooper Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police chased the other suspect, Wallace, to the parking lot of the Lindenwold Hi-Speed Line Station, where he was taken into custody.

According to police, Tribbett and Wallace were both wanted in connection with a June 15 robbery in Pennsauken.

In that incident it is believed they and another man, Edward Bettis, entered Joe the Jeweler on the 5600 block of Route 38 about 7:15 p.m., tied up the people inside and robbed the store. Bettis was taken into custody in connection with that incident, but police had been looking for Tribbett and Wallace.

Wallace is charged with Robbery, Burglary, Kidnapping and weapons charges.

In any incidence of a police-involved shooting, the Prosecutor’s Office conducts a review to ensure all proper procedures were followed.

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