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Police: Man in Brooksville bank bomb threat wanted suicide by cop

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Published:   |   Updated: January 2, 2014 at 05:16 PM

BROOKSVILLE - A man who threatened to blow up a Brooksville bank on Thursday afternoon hoped to be shot by police, according to Brooksville Police Chief George Turner.

The suspect, Mark Riley, walked into Suntrust Bank at 1 E. Jefferson St. at 12:37 p.m. Riley, 58, asked to speak with bank security, then told a teller he was carrying explosives in his backpack, and threatened to blow up the building and everyone inside, according to Brooksville Police.

Police detectives were on scene within minutes, Turner said. When the detectives asked Riley to put down his backpack and get on the floor, he refused, then reached into his bag in a "quick threatening manner," police said

Two detectives tackled Riley and took him into custody.

A search of Riley's backpack found clothing, and no explosive materials.

When questioned by police, Riley said he hoped to provoke security or law enforcement to kill him by threatening the bank, police said.

Turner said Brooksville detectives were able to identify Riley's mental state and avoid the use of deadly force.

Bank personnel were back in the building around 1:30 p.m.

Riley, who was intoxicated during the ordeal, suffered a shoulder injury, Turner said. Riley was treated at a local hospital before being booked in the Hernando County Jail shortly after 4 p.m.

wbiddlecombe@hernandotoday.com

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