35th year  -  N° 218                 Wednesday, 5 August 2020         Antwerpen		
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Friday 28th of February 1997

23 years ago His Spine Was Simultaneously Severed

Bank robber Larry Eugene Phillips commits suicide by a shot in the head at the age of 27 in Bank of America, 6600 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, North Hollywood, California, United States.

About an hour earlier Phillips and Emil Mătăsăreanu entered and robbed the bank but were confronted by LAPD officers when they exited the bank and a shootout between the officers and robbers ensued. The robbers attempted to flee the scene, Phillips on foot and Mătăsăreanu in their getaway vehicle, while continuing to exchange fire with the officers. Phillips was shot in the right hand, causing him to drop his Beretta 92FS pistol. After retrieving it, he placed the muzzle under his chin and fired. Phillips was simultaneously shot by a bullet that severed his spine.