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Robbery suspect dies after being held by shoppers as 'hero' faces quiz by cops

Mirror logo Mirror 17/07/2017 Martin Fricker

Bryant was rushed to hospital after falling ill and later died (Image: Facebook) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Bryant was rushed to hospital after falling ill and later died (Image: Facebook) A “hero shopper“ has been arrested over the death of an armed robber he tackled outside a Co-op store.

Raider Shane Bryant, 29, was rushed to hospital after falling ill during the incident on Thursday and died on Saturday.

Police arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and questioned him for several hours. He was released pending further inquiries.

Witnesses said that Bryant had driven up to the store in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leics, with a male accomplice in an Audi and was wielding a golf club.

One said: “The guy with a golf club got everything money-wise from the shop. But members of the public stopped him and restrained him until the police came.

"The other guy drove on to the pavement in an attempt to get people off his mate.”

Another said: “I heard screaming and shouting and a car’s tyres screeching and driving off.”

A postmortem will take place on Bryant, from Hall Green, Birmingham, this week. His death is being treated as unexplained. The second man is still on the run.

Many on social media attacked the fact that the “hero shopper” had been held, while friends of Bryant paid tribute to him.

Boxer Frankie Gavin, 31, wrote on Facebook: “RIP Shane Bryant, far too young to go.”

A spokesman for the Co-op said staff were unharmed in the raid. 

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