Suspected Bank Robber Shot By Tulare County Sheriff's Deputies

A man suspected of robbing a Tulare bank was shot by a Tulare County Sheriff's Deputy after leading them on a chase Monday afternoon.

Gunfire broke out after the armed suspect attempted to get away in a red Jeep with a brown-colored soft top after robbing a Wells Fargo bank in Tulare around 5:19 p.m. A Tulare County Sheriff's deputy spotted the jeep and tried to pull the suspected robber over.

Deputies chased the suspected bank robber down Caldwell Avenue and Demaree Street in Visalia. That's when the man lost control and drove into an electrical pole.

Neighbors who saw the whole thing say they saw the man get out of the car, and reach into his side.

"My first thought was holy crap this guy is going to shoot at a cop," said James Dowdy Jr., a witness who saw the deputy shoot the suspected bank robber.

But the officer fired back.

Neighbors say they heard about six shots in total.

The man was taken to a local hospital or treatment.

The Visalia Police Department is investigating the incident. The Tulare Police Department is investigating the bank robbery and will determine is the man suspected is connected to any other bank robberies in the area, a Tulare Police Department spokesman said.