Updated at 5:57 p.m. Sept. 16: Revised with comment and additional details from credit union.
A 28-year-old security officer was fatally shot Monday morning during a robbery at a west Oak Cliff shopping center, Dallas police said, and more than $50,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case.
Police were called about 8:50 a.m. to the 1500 block of North Cockrell Hill Road. Police said witnesses told officers that the security officer, identified as Jose Montes, was servicing an ATM outside Neighborhood Credit Union when he was shot.
Dallas police spokesman Sgt. Warren Mitchell said Montes was approached by someone who “demanded property” before shooting him with a rifle. Police said the gunman was wearing a black jacket with “Police” written on the back.
The gunman was seen taking duffel bags from an armored vehicle before he got inside a white Volkswagen Passat and drove away, police said. Mitchell said it was unclear what was inside the duffel bags.
Montes was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries, police said. According to a GoFundMe page set up to aid his family, Montes had a wife and a five-month-old son.
A second armed security officer at the scene wasn’t hurt.
Police said the shooter was male and the driver was female, but didn’t provide a detailed description of either.
On Wednesday, Neighborhood Credit Union president and CEO Chet Kimmell announced that the credit union was adding $25,000 in reward money to the $30,000 already being offered; the latter includes $25,000 announced by the Dallas Police Department and $5,000 from Crime Stoppers.
“We are still shocked and deeply saddened by this violent attack in broad daylight on an innocent young father who was just doing his job,” Kimmell said.
According to a press release issued by the credit union, Montes was an employee of TouchPoint 21, an armored vehicle and ATM service company serving credit unions and banks throughout Texas. The GoFundMe page set up to aid his family had raised more than twice its $10,000 goal by late Wednesday afternoon.
Anyone with information about the case may contact Detective Tonya McDaniel at 469-261-6790 or firstname.lastname@example.org and refer to case No. 163605-2020. Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477.
Staff writer Tom Steele contributed to this report.