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Bank robber dressed as leprechaun also hit bank dressed as Santa just before Christmas

Eric Miller • Mar 19, 2010 at 12:00 AM

GALLATIN — The man shot and killed after robbing a Gallatin bank dressed as a leprechaun on St. Patrick's Day is the same man who robbed a Hermitage bank dressed as Santa three days before Christmas, investigators say.

Two men robbed First State Bank on Nashville Pike at lunchtime Wednesday, firing at police during a chase down busy city streets to a field behind a subdivision where they were killed in a gun battle with officers.

David Christopher Cotton of Wildwood Valley Road in Brentwood was identified as the man in the leprechaun suit, and Jonathan Ryan Skinner was identified as the driver of the getaway vehicle. Skinner was a student at Western Kentucky University. Investigators say Skinner was shot by officers; they believe Cotton killed himself but are waiting for an autopsy to verify that.

Read the full report at the Tennessean's Web site.

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