Bank robbery leads to officer-involved shooting

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By Erin Kennedy By Erin Kennedy
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- An attempted robbery around 2 p.m. Thursday led to an officer-involved shooting.

The robbery occurred at Compass Bank located at 7315 E. Osborn, Scottsdale Police said.

After the suspect, Michael Verbsky, 52, entered the bank, he allegedly approached a teller and demanded money. The teller gave Verbsky an undisclosed amount of cash and he fled the bank on foot.

Two officers nearby saw him in front of the Courtyard Marriott located at 3311 N. Scottsdale Road. They ordered Verbsky to stop, but he reached behind his back with one hand, appearing to be grabbing a weapon.

One officer fired his handgun, but no rounds hit Verbsky. The other officer fired his taser, and Verbsky was injured from the fall once he was struck.

Verbsky was taken to Scottsdale Hospital. He admitted to robbery and said he was trying to be shot by the officer, police said.

No weapon was discovered on him when he was arrested, but he had money from the robbery.

Verbsky will be charged with robbery and aggravated assault, police said. In 2006, he was arrested for another bank robbery.