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Robber fatally shot at tanning salon

A man died Saturday night after he was shot with own his gun while attempting to rob a tanning salon in southwest suburban Orland Park.

Police received a call at 6:36 p.m. of an armed robbery occuring at L.A. Tan, on the 15600 block of South 94th Avenue, according to a release from Orland Police.

Surveillance video from inside the business showed that a man entered the business, announced a robbery and pointed a handgun at a female employee, according to the release. The man then ordered a female customer using a tanning bed to tie the hands and feet of the female employee with rope he had brought with him.

A male customer entered the business minutes later for a scheduled appointment and the suspect pointed the handgun at him and ordered the customer to tie his hands together, according to police.

The male customer then grabbed the handgun away from the suspect, police said. The man moved aggresively toward the male customer, who then shot the man twice with the gun, police said.

The unidentified man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The suspect’s name has not been confirmed and is pending identification by family members or fingerprints, according to the release. A vehicle belived to be the suspect’s was recovered near the scene, the release said.

The male customer, female customer and female employee were unharmed, according to the release. The handgun was also recovered at the scene.

The male customer, who cooperated fully with police, was released without charges and Orland Police are continuing their investigation.

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