Bank robbery suspect dead after chase and shootout with authorities in San Bernardino

A pickup truck sits on a curb surrounded by police and armored vehicles.
After a bank robbery suspect led law enforcement officers on a chase that ended in a crash Thursday in San Bernardino, the suspect shot at sheriff’s deputies and Colton police officers, who shot back and killed the suspect, authorities said.

Authorities shot and killed a bank robbery suspect after a chase that ended in San Bernardino on Thursday, officials confirmed.

Deputies were called around 3:45 p.m. after an alarm went off at a closed bank in Grand Terrace, a small city south of Colton, said Mara Rodriguez, a spokesperson for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Shortly after, Colton police were called to a robbery at a Chase Bank at Cooley Drive and Washington Street in Colton, Rodriguez said.


Authorities spotted the suspect’s vehicle and began a chase, which ended at 5th and D streets in San Bernardino, north of Colton, Rodriguez said.

Gloria Huerta, a Sheriff’s Department spokesperson, told KNBC-TV Channel 4 that deputies laid out spike strips and that the chase ended when the suspect crashed into another person’s vehicle.

The shooting was reported around 8:15 a.m. in the 700 block of South Berendo Street.

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Deputies and officers attempted a felony traffic stop, but the suspect took out a rifle and shot at them, Huerta told the news station. They shot back, fatally wounding the suspect.

Rodriguez said no deputies, officers or other people were injured.

“Multiple agencies responded to this incident and the investigation is ongoing,” she said. “Further information will be released at a later time.”

Sgt. Equino Thomas, a San Bernardino Police Department spokesperson, said officers from his agency responded to the shooting scene because it was in their jurisdiction, but San Bernardino officers weren’t involved in the incident.

A Colton Police Department spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

Further information wasn’t available.