Tax Accountant Robs Banks, Shoots Policeman

Claiming he turned to bank robbery as a result of problems with the IRS, a Chicago tax accountant with a history of violence took a police detective hostage and both men ended up in the hospital suffering from gunshot wounds.

The accountant, 41-year-old Daniel Salley, was suspected of robbing two banks. An undercover policeman, Joseph Airhart, cornered Mr. Salley in a Chicago apartment building, and a related exchange of gunfire left both men severely wounded

Detective Airhart was held as a hostage for two hours before Mr. Salley eventually surrendered. Both men were hospitalized and are recovering.

Mr. Salley is the father of six children and had reportedly been struggling to support his family. He owns a tax practice in Chicago and had been wanted for his alleged connection with a $239,000 robbery from a Charter One bank located inside a Dominick's grocery store. Mr. Salley was on probation, having pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and domestic battery last year for beating one of his children with an extension cord.

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