PD: Suspect shot and killed by Phoenix police after attemping to rob Valley bank

PHOENIX - The suspect in a Phoenix bank robbery Saturday morning was shot and killed by police.

Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said the suspect, a man between 25 and 30 years old, has not yet been identified.

Holmes said officers responded to a Compass Bank near 35th Avenue and Thomas Road around 10 a.m. in response to an unknown trouble.

A witness reported seeing a person wearing a mask pull up to the bank in a white car and run inside, Holmes said.

The first officer to arrive saw a white four-door Ford parked suspiciously at an angle in front of the building and then saw the suspect leave the bank carrying a bag and a handgun.

Holmes said the officer drew his service weapon and began giving the suspect commands. He said the suspect raised his weapon and began firing at the officer.

A Phoenix police detective in the area also responded to the scene and reportedly saw the suspect point his handgun and shoot at the officer.

The detective drew his weapon and fired at the suspect, striking him and causing him to fall to the ground, Holmes said.

Officers moved the suspect from the scene while others secured a perimeter around the bank.

The suspect was taken to Phoenix fire paramedics who were standing by in the area and he was pronounced deceased.

Bank employees were removed from the building and a search by officers revealed no other suspects inside. Holmes said the investigation indicates the suspect acted alone.

No officers or employees were hurt during the incident.

Holmes said both officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice.

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