On Saturday, February 22, 2014, Tucson Police officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Chase Bank located at 6257 East Broadway Blvd. The suspect had left the bank, and no one was injured. According to employees, the suspect entered the bank armed with a handgun and demanded money from the teller.
The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money and then fled the bank on a bicycle.
A customer from the bank followed the suspect and pointed him out to a responding officer. The officer attempted to contact the individual on the bike; however, he fled into a neighborhood west of the bank. While officers were attempting to locate the suspect, a resident in the 5600 block of East 9th Street contacted 911 to report that someone had left a bicycle in his yard and was possibly hiding in a shed in his backyard. Officers responded to the residence and checked the backyard, where they located an adult male in the shed. Multiple shots were fired, and the suspect was struck. He was taken to a local area hospital, where he was pronounced deceased shortly after his arrival. No officers were injured during the incident.
Detectives from the Homicide Unit, Robbery Unit and the Office of Internal Affairs responded to continue the investigation. As it is standard practice in all officer involved shootings, the Homicide Unit will conduct a criminal investigation into the incident. Additionally, the Office of Internal Affairs will conduct a separate and parallel administrative investigation to examine the actions of department personnel in response to this incident.
Although detectives are still in the early stages of the investigation, they have confirmed that the deceased suspect was the same individual involved in the earlier bank robbery.