Concerns over armed security guard at Madison bank

Published: Mar. 23, 2018 at 4:10 PM CDT
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A Madison east side Alder is planning to meet with a Chase Bank representative next week following a deadly attempted bank robbery three weeks ago. Within the past year, several armed bank robberies happened at the Milwaukee street Chase Bank and the company added an armed security guard recently.

"I like it actually. It's pretty nice. For the most part it’s quiet,” said Paul Brice, Chase Bank customer.

Paul Brice has been going to the Chase Bank on Milwaukee street for the past ten years. For Brice, seeing an armed guard makes sense.

"All you have to do is pick up the newspaper everyday and you see all of these things go on and that's, you do become numb to it. It's terribly sad and it's like what can you do about it? And apparently nothing,” said Brice.

Not everyone agrees with Brice. 3rd District Alder Amanda Hall said having a gun even if it is in the hands of a security guard is too close to homes, a senior living facility, a kindergarten and preschool. She's worried that a stray bullet could hurt someone.

"While there could be a strong argument for an armed guard at that Chase Bank, I feel like there are a lot of other options and those options might in the end, make us more safer,” said Hall.

Hall wants more cameras, bullet proof glass at teller windows and secure bank vestibules.

"Where in the person gets the money but on the way out, they are locked between the set of double doors and bullet proof walls essentially go up that prevent them from shooting their way back into the bank or out of the bank. They are basically locked there until police show up,” said Hall.

NBC15 reached out to Chase Bank Corporate. A spokesperson said the Milwaukee street branch already has bullet resistant glass, numerous cameras and other security measures. She said they are enhancing these deterrents internally and externally.

As for Brice, an armed guard adds to the bank's security.

"I would think that it's a pretty good idea given the circumstances of what's happened recently. I don't see a problem with it at all,” said Brice.

The armed security guard that shot and killed the attempted bank robber was an off-duty police officer in the Madison area. The Madison Police Department is in charge of the case and a spokesperson said the investigation is ongoing.

He said it will be up to the District Attorney's office to decide if charges will be filed against the security armed guard.