Coroner identifies Folsom bank robber

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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The Sacramento County Coroner released the identity of a man shot and killed by officers following a bank robbery. The suspect, 32-year-old Joseph Riso, reportedly robbed the Wells Fargo Bank on East Bidwell Street in Folsom around 5:10 p.m. Aug. 14. When police arrived, Riso fled on foot through backyards and across the roof of a nearby business. According to Sgt. Jason Browning, of the Folsom Police Department, the suspect ran into a home in the 1300 block of School Street occupied by four young children and their parents. “The mother and children’s screams caught the attention of two officers who ran toward the home,” he said. “The man exited, saw the officers and ran towards the screaming family.” A Folsom Police officer with 18 years experience and a Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy with 24 years experience contacted the suspected bank robber in a hallway of the home, where he was shot once in the back. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Browning said. Officer recovered a backpack Riso had carried into the bank. Browning said nothing of interest was found in the backpack. “We did recover a hatchet he was carrying in his hand (while running) along the roof of Target,” he said. All was calm Thursday outside the Wells Fargo Bank, but shopping center customers were still uneasy. “If a robbery like that can happen here, it just says it can happen anywhere,” said Marty Snider. “I will make sure that I pay attention to what’s going on around me – that’s for sure.”