Officials also said the suspect had an accomplice.RELATED | Man Wanted In Bank Robbery, Carjacking Killed In Officer Involved Shooting
The shooting happened at the end of a chase after the suspect, identified as 59-year-old Paul Alfred Eugene Johnson, allegedly robbed the Pacific Premier Bank and then carjacked a vehicle around 4:05 p.m., according to the Corona Police Department.
Authorities said Johnson forced employees at gunpoint into the vault, where he proceeded to rob the bank and employees of a "large sum of cash." Johnson allegedly threatened to kill employees if they called the police.
Officers were able to locate the vehicle through an electronic tracking beacon hidden among the stolen cash, police said.
As the officers located the vehicle and attempted a high risk enforcement stop, the vehicle briefly stopped near San Antonio Ave. and Bickmore Ave., in Chino. The female driver, later identified as Patricia Cheree Smith, 26, got out of the vehicle and was contacted by police.
Johnson fled the area in the vehicle leading officers in a pursuit. Smith initially told officers she had been a victim of a car-jacking and didn't know the suspect. However, Corona police detectives conducted a follow-up interview with Smith and determined that she was allegedly also involved in the robbery.
Smith was arrested for robbery and additional criminal charges are pending.
After the short vehicle pursuit terminated, an officer involved shooting occurred. Johnson was shot multiple times and later pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said the incident is a large multi-jurisdictional investigation. The Corona Police Department was handling the bank robbery and vehicle pursuit while the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department was investigating the officer involved shooting.
The Corona Police Department is seeking public assistance and is asking that anyone having information related to the bank robbery to call Detective Dan Bloomfield at (951) 817-5767.
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