Would-be robber shot by armored car driver after sledgehammer attack

CHICAGO -- The driver of an armored vehicle shot and injured a would-be robber in Little Village on Saturday, according to officials.

The attempted robbery happened around 9:30 a.m. on the 4300 block of West 26th Street, FBI spokesperson Garrett Croon said.

The FBI said a driver employed by Garda armored car services was making a delivery at a Currency Exchange. After the employee exited the armored car with a bag in his hand, a suspect, described as a black male wearing a reflective vest, struck the Garda employee with a sledgehammer and tried to rob him.

Officials said the employee discharged his firearm striking the suspect. The suspect then ran away from the scene. Officials said the suspect was seen by bystanders in a car at a nearby intersection.

Chicago police then took the suspect into custody.

The suspect is currently in surgery at a nearby hospital.

The Garda employee suffered non-threatening injuries.

The investigation is ongoing.