A jewelry store stickup developed into a police chase punctuated by bullets in Río Claro de Golfito Monday.
The Fuerza Pública said that two men stuck up the El Nica jewelry store and fled in a stolen car about 2 p.m.
The owner of the car lost it a short time earlier when someone put a gun in his face.
The car containing the robbers fled onto the Interamericana Sur, and two policemen comandeered the vehicle of a passing motorist.
The fleeing robbers pegged what turned out to be .38-caliber bullets at the private car containing the police, but no one was injured, police said.
Eventually one of the robbers bailed out of the car. But a policeman also followed and managed to collar a suspect.
The robber in the car continued to flee. The pursuing policeman momentarily lost sight of the robber, but citizens nearby said a man had stopped and changed his clothes. The second suspect was found in some nearby wilderness. The man had bloody hands. Police said this was because he broke a display case at the jewelry story.
Officers said they found some of the loot in the car.