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News helicopter capture police shooting bank robbery suspect following car chase in Arizona

September 7, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
News helicopter capture police shooting bank robbery suspect following car chase in Arizona

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News helicopter captures chase ending with shooting of bank robbery suspect

Phoenix police officers shot and killed a bank robbery suspect following a wild high-speed pursuit in Tempe, Arizona.

Aerial footage of the chase showed cops tailing the SUV before pinning it on the side of the road and shooting at the suspect. On Tuesday, law enforcement officials confirmed in a statement that the unidentified driver was dead.

Broadcasters at KSAZ aired 15 minutes of the pursuit and remained on the air during the shooting for a few seconds before abruptly switching from the graphic footage to the weather forecast.

“Oh, wow,” a news anchor stated as police opened fire, before praising their tactics that immobilized the SUV before it was able to get onto the interstate highway.

The driver allegedly committed a bank theft on one side of the Phoenix-area before ultimately being killed on the other end of the city.

Matthew Hintz, Avondale Police spokesman, told the Daily News that officers were dispatched to a Credit Union West Bank just before noon on an armed robbery complaint and that three suspects were believed to have opened fire on officers after they refused to pull over.

Hintz also noted that two additional “persons of interest” had gotten out of the car before the chase concluded, and are currently in police custody.

Phoenix Police added that driver started to “discard evidence” while fleeing, but did not reveal what the evidence consisted of.

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