Police shoot at man suspected of robbing Scottsdale bank

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - A bank robbery suspect was taken to a Scottsdale hospital after police fired a handgun and stun gun at him Thursday afternoon.

Scottsdale police Officer David Pubins said the suspect went into a Compass Bank near Osborn and Scottsdale roads around 2 p.m. where he approached a teller and said he was robbing them.

The suspect, identified Friday as 52-year-old Michael Verbsky, was given an undisclosed amount of cash and a dye pack before he fled from the bank on foot.

Police say the dye pack exploded.

Officers in the area spotted a man who matched the description given by witnesses in front of the Courtyard Marriott on Scottsdale Road and gave him commands, Pubins said.

Verbsky not comply with officers' commands and reportedly reached behind his back with one hand.

There were two officers at the scene and one fired his handgun while the other fired his stun gun, Pubins said.

Pubins said Verbsky was taken to a Scottsdale hospital with minor injuries. He was not struck by gunfire.

No weapon was found on the suspect when he was arrested however, he still had cash from the bank robbery, Pubins said.

No officers or bank employees were injured.

 

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