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 Lawton police secure the scene and collect scattered money and evidence outside Southwest Oklahoma Federal Credist Union, 6714 W. Gore, following an armed robbery shortly before 4 p.m. Monday.

Credit union robbed

The FBI has taken the lead in the investigation of a Monday afternoon robbery of a west Lawton credit union.

Lawton police and emergency personnel were dispatched to Southwest Federal Credit Union, 6714 W. Gore, shortly before 4 p.m. when it was reported a woman had a "traumatic injury suffered during an armed robbery," but police said no one was injured.

A man wearing a gray hoodie, dark gloves, a dark ski mask and dark or mirrored sunglasses walked into the credit union around 3:45 p.m. and approached the counter and threatened two tellers with a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol and demanded money, said James E. Finch, FBI special agent-in-charge. The robber opened a white, plastic Walmart shopping bag with both hands  but with the gun in his right hand  and after collecting an undisclosed amount of money, the gun discharged and sent a round through the bag of money, Finch said. No one was injured.

The man then left the bank from the west exit and, police said, he fled southbound on Southwest 69th Street on foot. Police Chief James T. Smith said that when the man opened the door to leave, the wind caught the sack and sent some of the money flying out. Officers walked the perimeter around the business and several bills of various denominations were discovered.

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