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Shootout on Florin Road leaves robber, armored car guard wounded

A midmorning shootout in the parking lot of a crowded Florin Road Golden 1 Credit Union between an armored car guard and a robber left the two injured Friday.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Tony Turnbull said deputies were called to the 4400 block of Florin Road about 9:30 a.m. When officers arrived, they found a Brinks guard on the ground wounded in his upper body.

A suspect was also on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds, Turnbull said. He had been shot more than once, Turnbull said.

Turnbull said the guard was leaving the bank with a bag of money and was headed for the armored vehicle when a masked man armed with a gun approached. Shots were exchanged between the armored truck guard and the masked man and both fell wounded in the parking lot.

The two were taken to a hospital, where they were reported in critical condition.

The shootout occurred just feet outside the door of the credit union in the parking lot. The truck, with another Brinks guard inside, was parked about 30 yards from the credit union. Turnbull said the second Brinks guard did not fire shots. The injured guard was believed to have been wearing a protective vest, Turnbull said. He said both parties fired multiple shots.

Nina Poncho said she was inside the crowded credit union with her father waiting to open an account when the gunbattle began. She said the line was nearly to the door.

“I saw the robber with a gun in his hand,” she said, describing her view from inside the bank. She said the robber, dressed in boots, a brimmed hat and a yellow construction vest, appeared like he might be trying to dress like a security guard. She said the robber crossed the parking lot and approached the guard from behind. When she heard shots fired, she said she ran away from the window at the front of the bank, but continued to view the aftermath from the back of the bank.

“I saw the robber here face down,” she said, pointing to a pile of clothing, boots, vest and bags that were left as evidence. “He was right there where all that stuff is.”

She said she was questioned earlier, but said her car was still within the crime scene tape so she couldn’t leave.

By 11:30 a.m., employees sprinkled out of the credit union as they were released from the scene after being interviewed by investigators.

“We don’t know how the suspect got here, whether he came by foot or vehicle,” Turnbull said. “And we don’t know if there were co-conspirators, perhaps someone in a getaway car.”

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews