MESA, AZ.- A serial bank robber is dead and two FBI agents were shot and wounded when agents came under fire while serving a search and arrest warrant, according to FBI spokesperson Jill McCabe.
According to AZ Central, agents went to the 500 block of South Dobson Road in Mesa at around 6 a.m. on Friday morning. When agents eventually entered the residence, the suspect, who has not been identified was found dead.
One agent was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries while the other agent was treated at the scene.
McCabe did not disclose how the agents were shot or how the suspect was wounded.
ABC-15 in Mesa said that aerial footage of the scene showed several police crews pulling up to an apartment complex, and there was a truck pulled up to a stairwell.
William Cook, who lives nearby told the news station that he heard multiple gunshots just after 6 a.m.
“I heard 5-6 more right behind it. Then I saw agents pulling aback and each one of them checking each other,” he said.
Two more area residents, Michael Scott and his girlfriend Zonnie Notah-Begay are residents in the same complex. They also heard shots and saw one of the injured agents.
“He was down, he took off his jacket. He was alright, I think it went through his vest, but he was bleeding,” said Scott.
Scott said agents told them to evacuate while they were trying to convince the suspect to come out of his apartment.
This is video taken by a neighbor in Mesa. You can see and hear FBI in tactical gear calling for the suspected serial bank robber. Two FBI agents were shot, and the suspect died. There’s still a lot we don’t know. @abc15 https://t.co/RSVcMs6bns pic.twitter.com/MbSa13nkI2
— Claudia Rupcich (@ClaudiaRupcich) July 17, 2020
Video provided to ABC15 showed FBI agents, in tactical gear, calling for the subject to come to the door.
“That’s when they started—you hear the flashbangs, the pepper spray, going into the windows…because the windows were busted out in the back,” said Nota-Begay.
The investigation is continuing. No further information has been released.
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Meanwhile, last week we reported about an officer in Amarillo, Texas who was also injured, this time from a heretofore unlikely source…fireworks.
An Amarillo Police officer was reportedly injured while responding to a call regarding possible juveniles setting off fireworks on July 4th at a local park. According to a post by the department’s official Facebook page, the officer had fireworks shot at him which resulted in the injury.
The officer, who was not yet identified, was said to have been called out to Hamlet Park at approximately 10:12 p.m. on July 4th. When the officer arrived on the scene, someone had reportedly shot a mortar shell directly into his cruiser by way of his driver’s side window.
The launched firework exploded inside of the cruiser, which caused injuries to the officer’s upper and lower body while also damaging the inside of the cruiser.
From the incident described by the APD’s post, other officers were dispatched but were unable to find the suspect(s) responsible:
“Other officers responded but could not locate the suspect due to the large number of fireworks being shot at them by the crowd. The injured officer was transported to a local area hospital.”
The officer is expected to survive.
Police said that numerous people were present during the attack on the officer, filming elements of the incident.
Now, police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating whomever may be responsible for the officer’s assault:
“Anyone who might know the identity of the suspect/suspects, call the Criminal Investigation Division at 378-4258 or 378-9468. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.”
The APD also noted that tips can also be sent anonymously online by way of their website, which is at www.amapolice.org.
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