1 Dead, 1 in custody after bank robbery in Phoenix

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PHOENIX -- A suspected bank robber was shot and killed by a witness and another was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon, according to Phoenix police.

Two masked, armed men reportedly robbed a Desert Schools Federal Credit Union near Cactus Road and Tatum Boulevard and were confronted by a witness while leaving with a garbage can full of money.

Police said that after a struggle, the witness shot one suspect, who was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Bystanders said they heard five to eight gunshots, but that has not been confirmed by police.

"It was just kind of like, oh my gosh, because I just had an employee literally walk in the building no more than five minutes ago," said Erica Craytor, who works in the area. "So I'm just thankful that they're all OK."

Police said the second suspect carjacked a person in the busy parking lot, which is across the street from Paradise Valley Mall, and hit several cars while fleeing the area.

Police said he was taken into custody after crashing the vehicle near 44th Street and Thunderbird Road.

Police are not releasing the name of the witness who shot the suspect but said he works in one of the surrounding stores in some capacity.

Police said he was within his rights to use deadly force, as the robbery suspects were considered armed and threatening, but they caution other citizens about doing the same.

"In this case, I think he's just as fortunate as all of the bystanders that he wasn't seriously injured," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Jon Howard.