Houston TX Oct 23 2016
Police responded to a shooting at a southwest Target store and found an armored truck security officer shot in an apparent robbery attempt.
The security officer, whose name was not released, was driving a Dunbar armored car when he was attacked about 3:25 p.m. in a shopping center at 8500 Main St., FBI spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap said.
"The security guard was outside the vehicle conducting business when he was approached by an armed robber, pushed to the ground and shot," Dunlap said.
The robber made no demands, assaulting the security guard without speaking, she said. The weapon was described as a dark handgun, Dunlap said.
The robber took a bag with an undisclosed amount of money and entered the passenger side of a dark, four-door sedan., she said.
"This was obviously a very aggressive act in broad daylight," Dunlap said. "We are fortunate that no one else was injured during this crime at a busy shopping center at a busy time of day."
The security officer is listed in critical condition at this time.
The FBI had no description of the driver, but the robber was described as wearing a red hoody and wearing dark pants, possibly jeans. He is about 5-foot-9, 160 pounds and thin, Dunlap said.
The armored car robbery is the sixth this year. Three armored car guards have been fatally shot over the last 18 months. All the cases are unsolved.
Houston Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robber. Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS or the FBI at 713-693-5000.