Alleged Bank Robber Shot by Tulare Police in Shootout
Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Press Release
Wanted Bank Robber Shot and Hospitalized
According to the Tulare Police Department, 36-year-old Ignacio Lopez of Fresno is in custody at a hospital. This after Lopez and the woman driving the car he was in on Tuesday tried evading Tulare Police. Officers attempted to pull them over, but they sped away and eventually crashed into another vehicle near Mooney Blvd. and Prosperity Ave. Lopez immediately exited the passenger side of the car and began shooting at officers. Police returned fire, striking Lopez. No officers were injured. Investigators later learned Lopez was wanted on robbery charges in Fresno County.
On August 4th, an arrest warrant was issued for Ignacio Lopez due to his failure to report to the court on charges of armed robbery.
On July 21st, property crimes detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ignacio Lopez for three separate robberies of the WestAmerica Bank in Easton. These crimes occurred between 2015 and 2020. Lopez was booked into the Fresno County Jail and his bail was set at $505,000. On July 28th, he was released from custody after posting a bond of $50,000. Since then, he never showed up for his scheduled court hearing.
Lopez will now face new charges of attempted murder of a peace officer.
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