Investigators searching the home of a man who was fatally shot by Salinas police on Friday found cash believed to have been stolen in a Walmart robbery the previous day, police said. Around 10:15 a.m. Thursday, a man dressed as an armored car guard walked into the Walmart store at 1800 N. Main St., police said. The man confronted an employee at gunpoint, stole cash and fled.
Police said they believe 32-year-old Richard Chacon, of Salinas, was the robber and was aided by 21-year-old Jose Eliseo Agustin, an assistant manager at the Walmart. After the crime, police identified Chacon as a possible suspect and began tailing him around 1 p.m. Friday as he drove alone in the 1900 block of Constitution Boulevard near Nantucket Boulevard, police said. When officers tried to pull him over, Chacon allegedly opened his car door and began shooting at them, according to police.
Police said the officers returned fire, wounding Chacon. He was transported to a hospital, where he died a short time later, police said. Along with cash believed to have been stolen in the robbery, a search of Chacon’s home on Constitution Boulevard revealed two high-powered rifles and large stashes of ammunition, according to police. Agustin was arrested on Thursday evening and booked into Monterey County Jail on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, police said.
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