In Norco, California, a quiet day turned into chaos as five masked gunmen attempted to rob a Security Pacific bank, igniting one of the largest pursuits in California history. The heist led to a violent shoot-out, resulting in the deaths of two gunmen and one police officer, and the destruction of thirty-three police and civilian vehicles during the chase.
On the morning of the incident, the five armed men stormed the bank, demanding cash from the terrified tellers.The pursuit rapidly escalated as the gunmen fired at pursuing officers, causing a dangerous shootout in the midst of the chase. As bullets flew, multiple vehicles were struck, and debris littered the streets. The masked assailants demonstrated a fierce determination to escape, using assault rifles and even throwing homemade explosives at the police.
The pursuit spanned several miles, involving multiple law enforcement agencies and resulting in numerous injuries. Tragically, one police officer was killed during the exchange of gunfire, while two of the gunmen also lost their lives.
The remaining suspects were eventually apprehended, bringing an end to the harrowing ordeal. The incident will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on the Norco community and serve as a sobering reminder of the dangers law enforcement officers face daily.
As the investigation unfolds, the motivation behind the violent bank heist remains unclear. Norco now finds itself grappling with the aftermath of one of the most intense pursuits in California history.