Armored car driver critically wounded in shootout with suspects


Bullets flew at a Chase bank on FM 1960 at the Eastex Freeway at around 10am. Investigators say two armored car guards were refilling an ATM when three or four suspects pulled up and immediately opened fire. The guards returned fire.

"It was instinct to just take cover and get somewhere where you're not going to get hit with a bullet," witness Kurt Filip said.

One of the guards was shot multiple times. He was taken to a hospital in the medical center, critically wounded, according to Humble police.

"When the emergency crew came up, he asked if he was gonna be OK, and I was like 'Yes, you're going to be OK,' and I prayed for him," witness Kabaca Jones said.

The second guard may have escaped without injury, but was shaken up.

It's unknown if any of the suspects were hit by gunfire. They fled in a gray Dodge Charger. The car was found at a nursing home a short distance away. The suspects are said to have jumped the fenced and got into a waiting SUV.

During the commotion, witnesses in the parking lot and at a nearby shopping center scrambled for cover. Businesses locked their doors and bystander took shelter inside a dry cleaner.

"The stuff you see in Houston these days, it's crazy. That's real life, that's real stuff going on here," a witness named Moses said.

Detectives have not yet said how many gunshots were exchanged.

All of the suspects remain on the loose.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

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