Off-duty officer foiled armed robbery in west central Fresno

FRESNO, Calif.

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Fresno Police say two men held up the "Advance America" at Clinton and Brawley. An off-duty officer happened to be in the area and confronted the suspects. That's when he opened fire, wounding one of them in the leg. He's expected to survive. The other suspect ran away, and police are still looking for him.

The second happened around 8:22 in the morning in northeast Fresno. A robbery suspect was killed when police rushed to the scene of a robbery attempt. It happened at the "Ace Cash Express" at Bullard and Fresno.

A store employee heard the suspects in the ceiling as she opened the store. She quickly dialed 911 and pushed a panic alarm. The suspects dropped through the ceiling, put a gun to her head and tied her up. They fled through the ceiling back to the roof when police arrived. One suspect was confronted by an officer when he jumped to the ground.

Chief Dyer said, "The suspect, after doing so, turned toward the officer, our officer fired one round from a shotgun at the suspect striking him."

The suspect was rushed to the hospital but did not survive the shotgun blast. He's identified only as a CRIPS gang member from southern California. Police say he was on parole for a home invasion robbery.

A second suspect, identified as Leonard Jackson of San Bernardino was arrested on the roof of the building.

Police searched the area for hours after the incident looking for a third suspect who apparently ran away. Four local schools were briefly locked down as a precaution.

The victim in the robbery was badly shaken up but not physically hurt.

We'll have more information tonight at 11:00.

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