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FBI: Bank robber commits suicide during standoff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man wanted in at least two Albuquerque bank robberies killed himself in his northeast Albuquerque home during a standoff with authorities on Friday, according to the FBI.

Spokesman Frank Fisher said 44-year-old Christopher Schlarb was found dead after apparently shooting himself inside his home on the the 1500 block of Calle Sonrisa NE.

He said at the time, FBI agents and Albuquerque Police were trying to arrest Schlarb for two bank robberies–committed on Dec. 5 and Jan. 11–but he refused to come out of the house.

“After efforts by law enforcement to negotiate his surrender, a single gunshot inside the house was heard,” Fisher said. “No law enforcement officers fired their weapons, and Schlarb was alone at the time.”

He said an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.