Deputy Shot During Bank Robbery Attempt

A Harris County Sheriff's deputy remains hospitalized this evening after being shot during an attempted bank robbery. It happened this morning inside a Randall's Wells Fargo branch near Sugar Land.

Sergeant Michael Ellison was off-duty when he went to the Randall’s grocery store near Grand Parkway around 9:30 this morning. He was headed for the Wells Fargo Bank inside the store when he noticed suspicious activity. Christina Garza with the Harris County Sheriff’s office describes what happened.

“He’s there doing a transaction, like any other bank customer, when he witnesses and unfortunately becomes part of a bank robbery. He is able to use his weapon and fire it at the suspects.”

Since the incident happened in Fort Bend County, the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation. Their spokesman says the suspects were wearing masks when they were spotted by Sgt. Ellison.

This is public information officer Bob Haenel.

“My understanding is that the Harris County Sgt. entered the building and immediately pretty well noticed that there was something going down and that is when he exchanged fire.”

Sgt. Ellison is recovering and was able to talk to investigators. They are looking for as many as four people who drove away in a green Honda.

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Images from Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A has posted a $25,000 reward payable through the Crime Stoppers of Houston for information leading to the apprehension of and the filing of charges against subjects involved in a bank robbery Thursday, Aug. 4 in the New Territory subdivision. The Wells Fargo Bank inside the Randalls grocery story in the subdivision was robbed by three or more suspects.

That $25,000 reward will go to tips received through the Crime Stoppers of Houston hotline at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for tips that lead to arrests and charges against the suspects by calling its hotline at 281-342-TIPS (8477).

At about 9:17 a.m. Thursday, two black male subjects entered the Randalls grocery store in the 5800 block of New Territory Blvd. 

Subject No. 1 is wearing a white hoodie pullover with a distinctive skull pattern on the front and back of the hoodie. The front pattern depicts a white skull on a black and green background, while the pattern on the back has two skulls on a black and green background.

Both subjects were wearing curl caps (doo-rags) over their faces.

The suspects drove up in a black Dodge Durango vehicle which was later determined to be stolen. The suspects left the building and were last seen leaving the crime scene in a small dark-colored vehicle, not the Durango.