Armored truck driver shot during robbery attempt in northeast Houston, police say

Suspect still on the run

Manhunt for robbers who shot armored truck guard
Manhunt for robbers who shot armored truck guard

HOUSTON – A person was shot during a robbery attempt of an armored vehicle in northeast Houston Friday, Houston police said.

The shooting happened at 12:20 p.m. in the 9300 block of Eastex at Tidwell. Two employees were inside the armored vehicle when they pulled up to the bank ATM to service them.

Asst. Chief Yasar Bashir said the driver stayed in the truck while his partner worked on the machine. Bashir said the driver noticed his partner was on the ground.

“So he immediately got out and saw the suspect who was taking the money away,” Bashir said. “There was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the driver of the Brinks.”

The FBI Houston office said the suspect ran toward a waiting vehicle and fled the scene.

Both people in the armored truck are still alive -- one was injured and the other wasn’t, a police commander told KPRC 2. That person was transported to the hospital, but it’s unclear how serious the injuries are.

The suspect is at large, police said.

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