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Bank robbery, pursuit ends in police shooting

December 10, 2010 10:39:57 AM PST
A dramatic pursuit of a bank robbery suspect ends in gunfire in Riverside County. It happened Monday in Sun City, south of Perris.The chase came to an end in Sun City and the suspect was taken into custody.

Hound dogs were brought in as part of the investigation Monday to search for clues into the officer-involved shooting. The streets in the neighborhood were locked down for two hours.

It all started after the suspect allegedly robbed a Pacific Western Bank in Temecula around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Shortly after he was spotted by Murrieta Police officers on the 215 Freeway going north. They gave chase to the suspect, pursuing him into the Sun City neighborhood. Riverside County Sheriff's deputies joined in the pursuit.

The suspect ditched his white Chevy Impala after crashing it into another vehicle and ran onto a golf course.

It was reportedly during the foot pursuit that investigators say the suspect pointed a weapon at officers, who were then forced to shoot.

Witnesses described what they saw shortly after the suspect came roaring into their neighborhood.

"Bounced off the curb, then bounced over and almost got me and the dog. Bounced off this curb, went around the corner and jumped out and took off," said local resident Jim Pierce.

"When they drew their shotguns and their guns, that's when I stepped back in the house and locked my door because I knew, seeing the white car down there, that they were in chase," said Sun City resident Phyllis Green.

The investigation was expected to last into Monday night.

The suspect was reportedly hit by gunfire and was taken to the hospital to be checked out. He reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Three Riverside County Sheriff's deputies and one Murrieta Police officer were involved in the shooting. None of them was injured.


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