One man was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his leg after he allegedly tried to rob an armored car guard in the parking lot of a south Sacramento Walmart store this afternoon.
The attempted robbery occurred about 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the store at 6051 Florin Road as an armored car company was making routine rounds. As one of the armored car guards was leaving the store with money, he was approached form behind by a man with a Taser, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department news release. The suspect deployed the Taser, striking the guard, who fell to the ground and dropped the bag of money he was carrying.
As the suspect ran from the store through the parking lot, the armored car guard got to his feet and gave chase. At one point during the foot pursuit, the guard fired his duty weapon, striking the suspect in the leg, said sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos.
Despite being wounded, the suspect continued to flee through the parking lot and tried to get into a vehicle that was occupied by a male driver. Ramos said the driver of the vehicle pulled out of the parking space and drove directly toward the guard. Fearing for his safety, the guard fired his weapon several times at the vehicle.
The suspect vehicle drove southbound through the parking lot and onto Florin Road, striking another occupied vehicle.
Meanwhile, the suspect who had attacked the guard ran across Florin Road. A few minutes later, deputies found him hiding in a trash bin across the street from the site of the attempted robbery.
The suspect was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg. Once he is deemed medically fit, he will be booked into jail on suspicion of offenses including attempted robbery, Ramos said.
Deputies are looking for the suspect vehicle, described as a dark-colored, possibly gray or black, Chevrolet Impala. It is believed to have damage from the impact with the vehicle it struck, as well as bullet holes in the body of the car.
Anyone with information about the vehicle or driver is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115.