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Robber with assault rifle, bulletproof vest shoots Chino officer

February 29, 2012 |  1:02 pm

Chino bank robbery
A bank robber wielding an assault rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest shot and wounded a Chino police officer Wednesday before fleeing in a car.

The robbery occurred at 10:52 a.m. at California Bank and Trust, 5455 Riverside Drive.

The unidentified officer was responding to a shots-fired call when he encountered the suspect dressed in a stocking cap, blue shirt and light blue jeans, toting the automatic weapon.

The circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear, but the officer was hit at least once. He was able to drive himself to the hospital.

The bank robber is described as 25 years old, about 6-feet-2, from 200 to 250 pounds with blue eyes.

He was believed to be driving a four-door, gray Nissan Altima with Arizona plates. Nearby Chino High School was placed on lockdown as a precaution.


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Photo: Scene of Chino police officer shooting. Credit: KTLA-TV.