An armed robbery in Bell Gardens Thursday morning ended with one suspect in custody and at least one other still on the loose, after an hour long chase and officer involved shooting that continued into neighboring Downey.
After receiving multiple 9-1-1 calls, Bell Gardens police officers at around 10:47 a.m. responded to an armed robbery in progress at the Verizon Wireless Store located at 7220 Eastern Ave. Workers and customers were held at gunpoint by at least two men before the suspects made off with a significant amount of merchandise, Capt. Scott Fairfield told EGP.
One of the suspects, identified as 25-year-old Dillan Wilson, fled and a pursuit ensued when officers located his vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. At one point the suspect’s vehicle – a black Saturn SUV – struck two occupied vehicles at the intersection of Garfield and Gage Avenue, police said.
One of the lead police vehicles involved in the pursuit early on overheated and caught fire.
The chase continued into the city of Downey where at one point Wilson turned onto Denvers Street, a dead end. The suspect then threw his car into reverse, ramming two police cars as officers attempted to exit their vehicles, BG police said.
According to police, Wilson allegedly drove towards an officer standing nearby prompting a second officer to fire multiple shots at the vehicle in an attempt to stop the suspect. The chase continued onto Bluff Road, another dead-end, at which time the suspect jumped out of the car and fled on foot into the nearby Rio Hondo River.
Wilson was taken into custody following a short foot pursuit, police said.
At the time of the arrest Wilson was bleeding from his head and arm and was treated on scene by paramedics before being cleared for booking. It is unclear whether Wilson suffered injuries caused by a grazed bullet during the gunfire or from shattered glass. No officers were hurt.
A handgun reported stolen from Whittier was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle. Wilson is facing charges of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading, hit and run and a possession of a stolen handgun, according to Fairfield.
Police are still searching for the other suspect or suspects involved in the armed robbery. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Bell Gardens Police Department.
The Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau is investigating the officer-involved shooting.Posted - Copyright © 2022 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.