HOUSTON – Authorities say a security guard was hospitalized after suspected thieves targeted an armored car in northern Harris County, where an off-duty officer allegedly fired on them.
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Details continue to pour in as this is an active investigation, but Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says deputies were called to Chase Bank in the 10300 block of North Freeway next to a Walmart, where about two men were stealing an armored car.
We’re told a guard was shot and taken to hospital in what Sheriff Gonzalez described as “fair condition.”
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An off-duty officer at the scene also allegedly “discharged her gun,” the sheriff said, but it’s unclear if she was working security at the bank or just in the area. Deputies say no one was hit by the gunfire.
Houston residents were reacting after the brazen armed robbery that took place in broad daylight in the middle of a busy shopping mall.
“In today’s world it doesn’t really surprise me, I mean people do crazy stuff,” said John Quick, who was shopping in the neighborhood.
Another resident says she took the bus to get money from the Chase Bank for shopping, but her plans were canceled when she saw crime scene tape surrounding the area.
“I’m 70 and I’ve never seen the world as bad as it is now, God is going to have to come through here and straighten them out,” she said.
HCSO patrol car (Photo: FOX 26)
Meanwhile, the thieves took off before officials arrived and remain at large, as of this writing, but an investigation is still ongoing with the FBI Bank of Houston task force investigating the theft. and HCSO on the officer discharging his weapon.
FOX 26 will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.