A bank robbery suspect led police on a wild chase through the Phoenix area Tuesday as the pursuit played out on live television, but it ended badly, when the suspect was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire.
The suspect had robbed the Credit Union West in Avondale. According to police reports, three people were in the get-away SUV, and one of them shot at an Avondale officer when he tried to stop the vehicle, leading Phoenix police to take over the chase.
At one point, two suspects got out of the car and started running, but were detained. A Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office canine “captured” one suspect.
The driver then continued on, with police helicopters tracking the vehicle. News video shows the vehicle driving into an alley, going forward and backwards several times, until he finally threw a bag out on the ground where a woman had opened a gate. The woman took the bag and the driver took off again.
The pursuit ended when police in unmarked vehicles blocked the SUV in with a pit maneuver. 12 News reports that multiple shots were fired by officers into the suspect’s vehicle and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Reportedly, the woman who took the bag in the alley was spotted getting into a police vehicle afterwards, but her status is still unknown.
Full chase shown here:
Fatal Ending shown in this video:
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