Crime & Courts

Cornelius man reportedly takes his own life during confrontation with police

The suspect from a recent bank robbery died Friday night in Cornelius from what police called a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Jonathan Scott Conley, 39, of Cornelius, was a suspect in a Lexington, N.C. bank robbery that happened Thursday, officials said.

The Fidelity Bank on West Second Avenue was robbed by a suspect who demanded money but never displayed a weapon, Lexington police said.

The suspect then left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money and headed east towards State Street.

On Friday, police in Lexington determined Conley was a suspect and contacted authorities in Cornelius. Lexington requested local assistance in serving a warrant, police said.

Around 7:30 p.m., a family member of Conley’s contacted local police and said that he wanted to surrender, Cornelius officials said.

Police set up a perimeter around Conley’s home in the 2100 block of Old Canal Street, and officers on scene were able to speak directly to him.

Officials said they requested that Conley surrender by coming outside, and immediately following, heard a shot without further communication.

Cornelius officers went into the house and found Conley dead from an apparent self-inflicted wound, police said.

More details will be released as they become available.