CHINO (CBS) — A police officer was hospitalized on Wednesday after being shot during an attempted robbery at a Chino bank.

The unidentified officer from the Chino Police Department reported shots fired around 10:50 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

A man wearing a black stocking cop and body armor was spotted outside California Bank & Trust at 5455 Riverside Drive when the officer arrived at the bank, deputies said.

The suspect was spotted fleeing the scene in a grey Nissan Altima with Arizona license plates. He is described as an adult white male with blue eyes between 6′ and 6’2″ tall and weighing between 200 to 250 pounds.

The officer was able to transport himself to Chino Valley Hospital for treatment. He suffered a leg wound and remains in stable condition.

Officers evacuated employees from the bank in a ongoing search for the gunman.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports two nearby residents who live across from the bank witnessed the entire episode.

Both witnesses said they saw the gunman armed with an AK-47 open fire on the officer as he cruised by the location and saw the robbery in progress.

“It was rapid-fire, anywhere from six to nine shots continuous,” said one resident.

Two area schools, Walnut Elementary and Chino Valley High School, were placed on lockdown immediately following the shooting, but that lockdown was reported as lifted shortly before 1:00 p.m.

Comments (14)
  1. michelle says:

    i have a friend in the chino high school they were saying when the school was going in to the lock down the schools staff sounded scared and they were yelling and that scared the students

    1. jack says:

      run-on sentence..

  2. please stop teaching~ says:


    You must have been a flunky high school teacher.

    Still trying to teach. How sad, your grade for all the years teaching ia an (F).

    Thanks for trying!

    1. Mike says:

      And you must have been one of the students that he taught, since you obviously can’t write a reply without having something misspelled.

  3. blah says:

    tht was true…i was a student there nd the first time the teachers in the office sounded scared nd there was some sort of screaming in the background

  4. .Frank says:

    Possible Mexican gunman there are many in Chino.

    1. Mike says:

      You would do the world a great service if you jumped off a bridge.

  5. wobbles says:

    Hey look. litterally thousands of gun laws, including 20 years of prohibition of assault weapons in this state,and lo and behold the bad guy still has an AK-47. How can this be? And you also have to wonderif this is one of Jerry Brown’s triple-non AB109 monsters he dumped on our streets. Things are bad and Sacramento is making them worse every day.

    Glad to hear the Chino PD officer is ok. Hope this loser crook meets a violent end or otherwise Moonbeam will have him back on our streets again before the ink on the reports is dry.

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