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Would-be robber killed in botched Fontana jewelry heist

A security guard shot and killed a would-be robber Friday after a botched jewelry heist at an indoor swap meet in Fontana, police said.

At least two other men escaped in a vehicle, according to Sgt. Pat Mackey of the Fontana Police Department. Police did not have a description of the suspects.

The botched robbery occurred about 2 p.m. when three men entered the Fontana Indoor Swap Meet at 9773 Sierra Ave. About 100 customers and vendors were inside at the time, Mackey said.

At least two of the men began beating the security guard with a hammer-like object and a gun, he said.

The men then walked to a nearby jewelry store and tried unsuccessfully to break the glass casings, Mackey said.

They were leaving the swap meet when one of them turned to face the security guard, who fired at him.

Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. His name was not immediately released by authorities, pending notification of his family.

The security guard suffered lacerations to his head and was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released, Mackey said.

Anyone with information about the case can call Fontana police detectives at (909) 350-7720.

[For the Record, 11:11 p.m. April 20: An earlier version of this post misspelled the last name of Fontana Police Sgt. Pat Mackey.]

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