Ex-cop allegedly robbed bank, took police on high-speed chase

An ex-cop in Missouri took his former colleagues on a 100-mph chase after robbing a bank at gunpoint, authorities allege.

Richard William Hagerty, 35, was charged Wednesday in Kansas City federal court with one count of bank robbery and one count of possessing a firearm during a crime of violence after entering a bank in Lee’s Summit on Tuesday and announcing a robbery, according to the US Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

“Everybody get down on the floor, this is a robbery,” Hagerty said, according to prosecutors, while pointing a Glock .40-calliber handgun at a customer as he wore a camouflage ski mask and black gloves.

Prosecutors said Hagerty — a former cop in Lee’s Summit from 2007 to 2016 — then demanded cash from two tellers while aiming his handgun at them. He then made off with about $7,000 after fleeing the bank on foot, authorities said.

A police officer in Lee’s Summit later spotted Hagerty driving a dark gray Mazda. The ensuing pursuit exceeded speeds of 100 mph on busy streets and through school zones before the high-speed chase ended in nearby Grandview, where an arresting officer who had prior interactions with Hagerty “immediately recognized” him as he exited the Mazda, according to a criminal complaint.

A large amount of cash and a Glock handgun were recovered from Hagerty’s car, prosecutors said.

During subsequent interviews with investigators, Hagerty asked authorities to call his aunt, Mary, according to the criminal complaint.

“He said he wanted agents to tell her the truth,” the complaint reads. “After discussing Hagerty’s medical issues, he stated he no longer wished to speak without an attorney present and the interview was terminated.”

Hagerty remained in federal custody Wednesday and his next court date had not yet been scheduled, the Kansas City Star reports.

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