It was not immediately clear if Jorge de Jesus Ruiz killed
himself, as police said, or if he was shot by police.
"None of the police agents fired," said Mariano Herran,
deputy attorney general for Mexico City, contradicting a
comment made by a police officer just after the ordeal. The
officer told a Mexican television station he regretted having
to kill the assailant but added it was necessary to save the
Ruiz was shot in the head Monday evening as he entered the
back seat of an escape car with the bank manager and another
employee, police said. At least two shots were fired.
Before the shooting, Ruiz negotiated for the getaway car and
came to the door of the bank holding the two hostages at
gunpoint, waiving a pair of pistols at police, the hostages
and reporters gathered outside the bank.
A live television broadcast showed Ruiz sitting in the back
seat between the two hostages, pointing a pistol at each one.
Police apparently distracted Ruiz by screaming at him.
Suddenly, two policeman threw open the rear doors and pulled
down the seated hostages, while one of them grabbed Ruiz's
gun. A third policeman fired from behind through the rear
Ruiz shot back, critically wounding a police officer.
Earlier in the ordeal, television pictures also showed Ruiz
inside the bank holding a terrified woman at gunpoint.
The holdup began shortly after lunchtime on Monday when Ruiz
and two other assailants entered a branch office of
Bancomer, Mexico's second-largest bank, firing pistols into
the air, police said.
A bank guard and one other person were injured. Police
captured two of the assailants, a man and a woman.
Reuters contributed to this report.