Bank Robber Fatally Shot Outside a Wendy's in Fontana

Witnesses say the man tried to blend in at a nearby Wendy's restaurant, but police surrounded the property when he tried to exit out the back.

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Police in the Inland Empire fatally shot a suspected bank robber who witnesses say tried to hide in plain sight at a fast food restaurant Thursday afternoon. 

The robbery occurred at around 1:28 p.m. at a crowded shopping plaza in Fontana, according to police. Police received multiple 911 calls about a man with a gun inside the Bank of America located on 11510 Summit Ave. in Fontana. 

Witnesses told police they saw the man run into a Wendy’s restaurant. Police set up a perimeter around the restaurant when the man tried to exit through the back of the building. 

When officers confronted him, he was inside a commercial trash enclosure.

"The suspect refused multiple commands and ran out of the enclosure while holding a black gun with both arms extended in a shooting position pointed directly at officers," police said in a statement.

Officers opened fire and the man was declared dead at the scene. The gun recovered at the scene was found to be a replica firearm, police said.

No other injuries were reported. 

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