A Brink's armored car guard was fatally shot Thursday morning during a robbery at a Vernon wholesale grocery store, according to Vernon police.
The guard was making a routine pickup inside the JETRO Cash and Carry store in the 2300 block of East 57th Street, near Alameda Street and Slauson Avenue. About 9 a.m., as the guard was about to leave, a man shot him once in the head, said Vernon Police Chief Bruce W. Olson.
The guard died instantly, Olson said. The gunman picked up the moneybag and ran into the parking lot, where an accomplice was waiting. The men, both in their early to mid-20s, escaped in a dark-colored, late 1980s Toyota Corolla, Olson said.
The guard's name was not released pending notification of his family.
A large amount of money and checks were in the bag, Olson said. Ruben Del Valle, manager of the JETRO store, would not disclose the amount, but said most of the store's business is done with checks and credit cards. The store sells groceries and janitorial supplies to small businesses, including convenience stores and restaurants.