Officials have released the name of a Wells Fargo Bank robber killed by an officer this morning.
Juan Villarreal, 22, of San Diego was shot and killed after he and at least one other individual attempted to rob the Wells Fargo Bank on E. Main Street and Flournoy Road in Alice and fled from authorities.
Two cars in connection with the robbery were found by authorities. Officials said that jars filled with gasoline were found inside them.
One Alice officer, Daniel Elizondo, was shot in the leg by the robbers and taken by HALO-Flight to CHRISTUS Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi.
Customers in the Wells Fargo Bank at the time of this morning's robbery said several shots were fired in the bank and the robbers demanded the keys to their cars.
One bank employee did provide his keys to the robbers, witnesses said, after the robbers pointed their guns in customers’ faces.
Police apprehended one suspect believed to be involved in the armed robbery. Police say he is also from San Diego, but have not identified him.
Police believe only one suspect may remain at large, though there could have been only two robbers. Helicopters, men on horseback and dogs are currently searching a brushy area for the possible third suspect and the area remains on lock down.
Kingsville SWAT members were also called to assist, as well as officers from other surrounding agencies.
Police have set up perimeters along Sain Drive, Flournoy Road and Farm-to-Market Road 665. The command post is set just north of the Alice airport.
As a precaution, Alice High School was put on lock down at about 11 a.m. today.
Customers who were in the bank at the time of the robbery were held for questioning for a time. There has been no report as to how much money was taken.
In a statement, Wells Fargo said, "Wells Fargo's top priority in all aspects of its operations is the safety of our customers and team members. All policies and practices are developed with this safety goal at the very top of our mind."