SANTA MONICA (CBSLA/AP) – A security guard opened fire on a man with a knife who robbed an armored vehicle near Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, police said Friday.

Officers were on scene just before 11:30 a.m. near 3rd Street and Arizona Avenue, when police say a male suspect wielding a knife approached a Brinks truck.

The security officer shot the suspect three times, according to police. The suspect then fled the scene.

He was later found in a parking structure near the area and taken into custody, Santa Monica police L. Candice Cobarrubias told CBSLA.

A CBSLA photographer captured video of police arresting a balding man with glasses wearing tan pants, sneakers and a golf shirt.

The unidentified man was found with a knife and a money bag, according to police.

There were no injuries reported.

A Brinks truck and a Santa Monica police patrol car at Third Street Promenade. (credit: CBS)

Witnesses said they heard two shots fired in the area, sending crowds scattering for cover.

CBSLA video journalist Julie Sharp was among those who were at the Promenade during the scare.

“Everybody immediately ran into Coffee Bean,” said Sharp. “Everybody was basically hiding under tables, behind counters, and there was a lot of fear.”

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