NEWS
12/09/2011 06:34 EST | Updated 02/08/2012 05:12 EST

B.C. Robber Seen Shooting At Pursuing Police

RCMP in Kelowna, B.C., have released dramatic video of an armed robbery suspect shooting at pursuing police officers.

The dashboard camera video recorded after a jewelry store robbery Tuesday shows a sprinting suspect turn in a laneway and fire a shot at officers in a police cruiser.

A split second later, a puff of dust is seen on the pavement in front of the car indicating a ricocheting bullet.

No one was hit by the shot and police have not said if they recovered the bullet.

The running suspect turns the corner and seconds later a police dog rushes down the alley. The dog's handler follows and takes cover behind a truck.

An officer can then be heard on the tape, telling others what he saw.

"Guys, he's over the fence. He's heading towards Spall [Road] right now," the officer said.

Carjacking escape

Police later learned the suspect hijacked a car, forcing the driver to take him to West Kelowna where it's believed he escaped in another vehicle.

Officers rarely face gunfire in the southern Interior city, said spokesman Const. Steve Holmes.

"That gives us some indication that this person is dangerous, he's desperate, and certainly very motivated," Holmes said.

The man was seen in store surveillance footage pointing a gun in the face of a female store employee as he told her what to take from the display cases and stuff in a duffle bag.

The suspect didn't escape with any of the loot after dropping the bag while fleeing the scene.

There have been no arrests.