Suspect killed, police dog shot in Buckeye

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by Jason Volentine

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azfamily.com

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 2:43 PM

BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- SWAT teams swarmed a Buckeye neighborhood Tuesday night, looking for a possible bank robbery suspect following a deadly police shooting.
 
Buckeye police shot and killed a suspected bank robber on Tuesday afternoon after the suspect shot a police K-9.

SWAT teams from four different agencies swarmed the neighborhood around 221st Avenue and Van Buren Street after the shooting, looking for a possible second suspect.

Around 4:15 p.m., Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Carrick Cook said an armed suspect walked into the Bank of America at Watson and Interstate 10. After robbing the bank, Cook said the suspect was confronted by Buckeye police near his car in the desert just east of the bank.

The suspect told officers he had a gun and officers responded by shooting the suspect with non-lethal beanbag rounds. The suspect wasn't fazed so officers released a K-9. The suspect then pulled a gun from his back pocket, according to DPS, and shot the police dog.

When officers saw the suspect's gun at least two cops returned fire. The suspect was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The police K-9 was shot in the back and is recovering after getting treatment at a local veterinarian's office.

When police got a closer look at the suspect, however, they realized his clothes were drastically different than descriptions given by witnesses. Police then launched a massive search for a possible second suspect with air support and four separate SWAT teams combing the neighborhood and surrounding desert.

After more than five hours police concluded that there were no more suspects in the area. However, they haven't ruled out the possibility that a second suspect does exist.

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