Guard Shot in Market Heist in Riverside Dies

Times Staff Writer

A Brinks guard died Friday morning, less than 24 hours after a robber in a Riverside supermarket shot him in the head and fled with a bag of cash.

Corey Bo Medlock, 28, of San Bernardino died at 10:05 a.m. at Riverside Community Hospital.

Dozens of employees and shoppers at the Food 4 Less in the 4200 block of Van Buren Boulevard witnessed the shooting and saw the robber, wearing a wig, sunglasses and a baseball cap, run toward a rear exit with a bag. He fled through midmorning traffic in a red 2002 Ford Taurus, and remained at large Friday.

Police found the getaway car, which had been stolen, Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of a Riverside business they declined to identify. Medlock had “struggled to survive,” Riverside Police Sgt. Steve Johnson said.


“This is a case where the man killed was truly a victim, someone who had no idea what was coming his way,” Johnson said. “This was a planned, cold-blooded killing ... pretty much an execution. And it traumatized numerous employees and shoppers inside.”

Videotape from a security camera that shows the gunman running down a supermarket aisle was aired by local television stations and has resulted in several “very good” leads from the public, Johnson said.

“We have an extensive team of investigators working day and night,” Johnson said. “We ask the public to continue to provide information. That’s what will help us crack the case.”

A Brinks spokesman said he was uncertain how much cash was taken from Medlock, who had been bringing it to the store.

Medlock had been a state-certified guard since 1993, records show. His mother, Debora Medlock of Apple Valley, said her son was single.