Man shot by Scottsdale police is bank robbery suspect

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PHOENIX -- Scottsdale police detectives shot and wounded a man who allegedly tried to run them down late Wednesday night. That man turned out to be a bank robbery suspect dubbed the "No Tricks" Bandit.

After surveillance photos of a bank robber were released on Wednesday, Scottsdale police received tips identifying a possible suspect.

Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark said the suspect was identified as Jimmy Hammack Jr., 46, of Phoenix. Detectives from both the Scottsdale and Phoenix police departments tracked Hammack to a residence in west Phoenix and began surveillance.

At approximately 9:15 p.m., three Scottsdale detectives followed Hammack to the area of 57th Avenue and Osborn Road where he parked his pickup truck in a residential area across from Marivue Park and got out.

As the detectives, who were in uniform, approached Hammack, he jumped back into his vehicle and reportedly drove directly toward two officers.

Fearing for their safety, Clark said the two detectives fired their weapons into the truck, causing it to run into a tree and spin back into the street.

"I just happened to hear ... at least maybe 12 shots fired," said Shane Honey, who lives nearby. "When I came out, the place was just crawling with cops."

Hammack was hit by gunfire, sustaining life-threatening injuries. He was taken to the hospital where he remains in critical condition.

None of the detectives were injured.

Hammack is believed to be involved in five bank robberies. Two were in Phoenix and three were in Scottsdale. The suspect was dubbed the "No Tricks" Bandit because his demand note contains the statement "No Tricks."

Clark said police have positively identified Hammack as the suspect in the two robberies in Scottsdale on Tuesday. If Hammack survives, he will be facing numerous federal charges for bank robbery.

While the investigation continues, the detectives who shot at the suspect have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure any time an officer fires his weapon.