Three men ambushed an armored car as it pulled up to an automatic teller machine early Thursday, spraying the truck with gunfire, killing one guard and wounding another. The men then fled without taking any money, police said.
Robert Belcher, 47, of Los Angeles, died of multiple gunshot wounds in the latest in an increasingly violent string of attacks on armored car crews in California.
The surviving guard, Barry Jones, 37, of Riverside, Calif., was treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to his right knee and released.
The shooting occurred in front of a Bank of America branch at about 4 a.m. as the armored car arrived to pick up the night receipts. The trio approached and fired repeatedly into the truck, officer Cherie Clair said.
In June, an armored car driver was ambushed and wounded while making a bank delivery in Long Beach, Calif. In March, a gunman fired several shots through the windshield of an armored car in Los Angeles, cutting the driver with flying glass.