A suspected bank robber was found dead inside a Chase bank in Colton after an officer was injured during a suspected attempted robbery Tuesday, police said. The exact circumstance of the injury is still unclear.
Police responded to an attempted robbery at a Chase bank location in the 2000 block of East Washington Street, where a suspected robber shot at an officer three times, according to the police helicopter over the scene.
The officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police on the ground said. He was being treated at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
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All bank employees were accounted for, with only the suspected armed robber believed to still be inside the bank, police said.
A window at the Chase bank appeared to be damaged and looked like it may have been struck by gunfire. A heavy police presence was visible, surrounding the bank as of 7:25 p.m.
Officers had guns pointed at the entrance of the bank, and police established a barricade to keep the gunman inside.
Families were escorted to safety, and others remained sheltered for more than two hours inside stores.
"We were scared, I have my eight-year-old daughter with me," Tiana Phipps, a woman who was shopping for groceries at the time, said.
Around 9 p.m., a SWAT team moved into the bank and found a dead man who was believed to be the suspected robber, police said. They added that he most likely killed himself.
In addition, a bag was found inside the bank, and the bomb squad was on the scene investigating the bag.