On September 11th at 10 a.m., officers from the Blowing Rock Police Department responded to an armed bank robbery that occurred at United Community Bank on Valley Boulevard in Blowing Rock.

The Watauga Sheriff’s office and Boone Police department assisted Blowing Rock Police officers in a coordinated search of the immediate area looking for the suspect.

It was later determined that the suspect was driving a Silver 2013 Ford Mustang convertible and it is believed that the vehicle was parked near the bank and he was able to leave the scene prior to police arrival.

After several crime stopper tips from the surrounding area, and in coordination with the FBI, the identity of the suspect was determined to be Edward J. Reynolds, 57, of Cape Coral Florida.

According to the FBI and other local law enforcement agencies, Reynolds has been a suspect in several armed bank robberies occurring across numerous states, including Florida and Texas.

Reynolds was located by Federal authorities on Tuesday evening around 10:15 p.m. at a rest stop at mile marker 127 on I-75 north in Kentucky.

Reynolds was killed in a subsequent shootout with U.S. Marshal’s and other local law enforcement officers, which also left a Kentucky Sheriff’s Deputy seriously wounded.

The Blowing Rock Police department, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Boone Police Department assisted in the initial response and the investigation that followed.