ALICE, Texas (AP) - A police officer who shot and killed a bank
robbery suspect was expected to recover from a gunshot wound to the
leg after an attempted holdup at a South Texas bank.
Alice police Officer Daniel Elizondo was airlifted to Christus
Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi yesterday. Hospital
spokeswoman Sherry Carr-Deer said he was in fair condition.
Police identified the dead suspect as 22-year-old Juan
Villarreal, of San Diego. Investigators say Villarreal was shot and
killed after he and another man robbed the bank.
After taking $10,000, the suspects split up and fled, one in a
pickup truck and Villarreal in a banker's car.
Minutes later, Villarreal crashed the stolen car into an Alice
police cruiser outside of Alice. Villarreal shot Elizondo after the
officer got out of his vehicle. Police said Elizondo managed to
fire several shots and hit Villarreal in the chest.
Two other Alice police officers, Tony Aguilar and J.R. Resendez,
sustained minor injuries in the wreck involving Villarreal.
The other suspect, a 20-year-old man, surrendered and was
arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery.
Authorities initially searched for a possible third suspect, but
later concluded the incident only involved two men.
Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times,
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