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Bank robbery suspect shot and killed by Mesa officers in Tempe

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Posted at 2:28 PM, Sep 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-30 22:01:00-04

TEMPE, AZ — Police are investigating a deadly shooting involving the Mesa Police Department in Tempe Wednesday afternoon, near College Avenue and Baseline Road.

A Tempe police spokesperson says Mesa officers were in the area trying to arrest the suspect of a bank robbery that occurred Monday near Stapley Drive and Brown Road.

Police say the man indicated that he was armed and was refusing to get out of a parked vehicle.

After negotiations failed, police say they used less-lethal means to attempt to get him to exit the vehicle. When the suspect got out, police say he was still not compliant and reportedly attempted to reach for a weapon in his waistband. That's when police say four officers opened fire at the suspect.

The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Stephen Phil Franco, was taken to the hospital but did not survive.

Police say a gun was later located on the ground near Franco.

Tempe police are handling the officer-involved shooting investigation and Mesa is handling the bank robbery investigation.