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Police officer shot in attempted Chino robbery; prompts lockdown of nearby schools

Money scattered on the ground outside a Chino bank.
Money scattered on the ground outside a Chino bank.
via NBC LA

Inland Empire authorities are searching for a man who shot and wounded a Chino police officer during an apparent bank heist just after 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Authorities say the robber, clad in a ski mask and full body armor, tried to rob a branch of California Bank and Trust. The gunman fired on officers and struck a Chino policeman in the leg.

The officer was apparently able to drive himself to a nearby hospital. A witness told KABC that the suspect fired about half a dozen rounds.

Authorities say the gunman is a white male, about 30 years old. He may have fled in a gray Nissan Altima with Arizona plates. The FBI is assisting Chino police with their investigation.

NBC Los Angeles describes the scene, noting scattered bills on the ground after the suspect fled.

Several schools were placed on lockdown following the robbery, according to KABC.

Correction: This post originally reported the incident was in Riverside.

This story has been updated.