CHICAGO, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The attempted robbery of an armored truck in Chicago left one of the would-be robbers' dead and the other in critical condition, police said.
The two men attempted to rob a Garda armored truck as it was making a pickup at a Family Dollar store on Chicago's west side Friday morning, and a guard shot and killed one of the men, the Chicago Tribune reported Saturday.
The dead man was identified as Jimmy Townsend, 52, of Chicago. He had served time in prison for armed robbery in 1990.
Police said one suspect held a guard in a choke hold while the second suspect put what turned out to be a fake shotgun to his chin. The guard broke loose and fatally shot one of the suspects in the head.
Another guard, who had been inside the armored vehicle, stepped out and shot and critically wounded the second man. He was in critical condition at Mt. Sinai Hospital. His name wasn't released.
"It was like something out of the movies," said Carl Robinson, a witness.
Neither of the guards was injured in the attempt.
Authorities said robbery attempts of armored trucks are particularly perilous because the robbers know the guards are armed and come with weapons ready.
The FBI said there have been just seven attempts to rob armored trucks in the Chicago area in the past four years.