COLUMBUS, Texas -- Two bank robbery suspects were shot in Colorado County Thursday night by a man who said they kidnapped him and his wife, a bank employee.
According to the Colorado County Sheriff’s Office, the couple had been held at gunpoint by the two suspects inside their residence just north of Columbus. They were then kidnapped and transported to the First National Bank of Eagle Lake in Columbus.
The suspects then forced the bank employee to obtain an undisclosed amount of funds, investigators said.
The suspects then directed the victims south on Highway 71 to an undisclosed location, investigators said. While traveling on Hwy. 71 near County Road 101, the husband of the bank employee was able to gain access to a firearm inside the vehicle and fire upon the suspects.
Authorities then responded to a 911 call from the scene at 7:30 p.m. with the Columbus Police Department arriving first. When police arrived, officers found the two suspects with gunshot wounds lying on the ground near a pickup that was parked in a ditch.
Deputies arrived on scene shortly thereafter, along with Colorado County EMS.
One of the wounded, 20-year-old Jordan Kutach, was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition. The other, 21-year-old Preston Kutach, was taken by EMS to the Columbus Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Both suspects live in the community of Rock Island.
The Texas Rangers are assisting with the sheriff’s investigation.