One Shot, Two Arrested Following Murrieta Bank Robbery

One man was shot and two bank robbery suspects were arrested Friday following a police pursuit from Murrieta to Temecula, the Murrieta Pol...

One man was shot and two bank robbery suspects were arrested Friday following a police pursuit from Murrieta to Temecula, the Murrieta Police Department reported today.

Officers responded at 2 p.m. to the report of a bank robbery at the First Citizens Bank in the 41500 block of Ivy Street in Murrieta. A short time later, officers discovered the suspect vehicle in the area of Elm Street and Jefferson Avenue. When attempts to conduct a traffic stop failed, a pursuit began.

According to police, a spike stripe was deployed, disabling the vehicle's rear tire. The pursuit continued into Temecula before the suspect vehicle drove toward a police car, colliding with the driver's side door and injuring an officer. The suspect vehicle finally came to a stop in the 43500 block of Ridge Park Drive.

At this point, police said, an officer-involved shooting occurred. Both suspects were taken into custody and the driver of the suspect vehicle was transported to a local hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. A Murrieta detective was also treated for an injury suffered during the vehicle collision.

Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department's Central Homicide Unit assumed the investigation. The involved officer has been placed on administrative leave per department policy. The involved officer's name has not been released.

Thomas Ferguson, 30, of La Mesa was arrested and booked into the Southwest Detention Center for armed robbery. Duane Bowen, 51, of Chula Vista was arrested and booked into a Riverside County Medical Detention Care Facility for robbery, conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon, and felony evading.

Anyone with information regarding the officer-involved shooting is asked to contact Investigator Stites of the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777. Anyone with information related to the bank robbery is encouraged to call the Murrieta Police Department at 951-696-3615.

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