Feb 24, 2014 11:08 PM by Stefanie Boe

UPDATE: Bank robbery suspect shot by officers held a tool

TUCSON - Tucson Police have identified a bank robbery suspect shot and killed by officers Saturday. 44-year-old Armando Alvarez was shot in the 5600 block of East 9th Street after officers found him in shed.

Police say Alvarez robbed the Chase bank at 6257 E. Broadway Blvd., earlier that morning. A witness pointed him out as he fled the scene on a bike. A short time later, a neighbor called police after finding a bike in his front yard, and his shed tampered with.

Officers responded to that home and were able to get Alvarez to come out of the shed. When he did, the officers saw an object in his hand. Police say the officers ordered him to drop the object but he pointed it at them instead. The three officers fired on Alvarez. He died at a local hospital.

The investigation revealed the object was a tool similar to an automotive wrench. Police did find an airsoft pistol and the stolen cash inside a backpack in the shed.

An investigation into the shooting is underway.


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