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Armed robber shoots at Visalia police, drops cash he just stole in attempt to flee

Visalia Police shot an alleged armed robber who fired three rounds at the police Saturday afternoon in his attempt to flee. The incident happened around the 600 block of Lovers Lane by an ampm convenience store, just south of Highway 198.
Visalia Police shot an alleged armed robber who fired three rounds at the police Saturday afternoon in his attempt to flee. The incident happened around the 600 block of Lovers Lane by an ampm convenience store, just south of Highway 198. Courtesy photo

Visalia police officers shot an alleged armed robber who fired three rounds at them Saturday afternoon in his attempt to flee.

The incident happened around Lovers Lane just south of Highway 198.

Police said officers were initially responding to a call that someone had fired a gun eight to 10 times in the air in the area of 500 S. Velie St., as part of a family disturbance.

Police then spotted the man carrying a gun while coming out of an am/pm convenience store on Lovers Lane about a block west of the original shooting scene.

The suspect, upon noticing police, ran back inside the store before leaving the building.

As police chased after the man on foot, the suspect fired at them three times, according to Visalia police.

One Visalia officer returned fire and struck the suspect once near the shoulder, causing the robber to drop his gun and money he stole before he was taken into custody. He was transported to a hospital.

Police later discovered the man had just robbed the am/pm store and fired “two or three” rounds at the clerks, Visalia police said.

Neither the two police officers nor the clerks were hurt.

Visalia police added that the man had been drinking and physically assaulted a 7-year old before relatives confronted him, prompting the family disturbance.

The suspect, whose name was not released, is in his 20s. He could face charges stemming from assault of a child, discharging his gun, armed robbery and shooting at police.

Bryant-Jon Anteola: 559-441-6362, @Banteola_TheBee

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