Would-be armed robber dies after opening fire inside Jack in the Box

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Police are investigating the death of a man who walked into a Jack in the Box and opened fire.

It all started shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the Circle K on Glendale Avenue just west of the Black Canyon Freeway (Interstate 17).

Witnesses say the man walked into the Circle K and began throwing merchandise all over the store. After trashing the convenience store, he then ran across the street to the Jack in the Box.

According to Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump, the unidentified man was yelling about people trying to kill him when he walked into the fast-food place. There were four employees and two customers inside at the time.

An employee tried to calm the agitated man, but got nowhere. As that employee made his way to the back of the restaurant to call 911, the man pulled out a gun and fired two shots.

The employees and customers ran outside, escaping unharmed. Police later found one of the bullets in the ceiling.

Officers sent in a police dog to disarm and subdue the suspect.

Paramedics pronounced the man dead on the scene, but it's not yet clear exactly how he died.

"No trauma or obvious gunshot wounds were found, however, witnesses advised the suspect had mental problems and abused drugs," Crump said in an email to media outlets.

The man reportedly had not slept in three days.

Crump also said the men took cash from at least one of the restaurant's registers.