Alleged Bank Robber Was Tracked With Stolen Money Before Fatal Shooting Fleeing Police

Police released the name of an alleged armed bank robber shot to death by officers in Chino this week.

Paul Alfred Eugene Johnson, 59, allegedly forced the members of a Corona bank into a vault and robbed the bank and employees of cash on Wednesday, Feb. 4, according to a Corona Police Department statement.

Police tracked the Hemet resident down using a bank tracking device slipped in with the money he stole and pulled his car over, but while the car's driver exited, Johnson took off in the car again, according to police.

Johnson was shot multiple times after a short pursuit, police said. He was found with a gun, a large sum of cash, and other evidence that linked him to the bank robbery, police said.

The woman who had driven Johnson until police stopped their vehicle initially told officers Johnson stole it at gunpoint. But Patricia Cheree Smith, 26, was later arrested on suspicion of being involved in the robbery.

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