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Suspected Bank Robber Killed After Phoenix-Area Pursuit Ends in Gunfire on Live TV

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    KPNX-TV via NBC News Channel
    Authorities surround an SUV that led police on a chase through the Phoenix area Tuesday, September 6, 2016. At least one officer opened fire on the SUV after the chase came to an end, killing one person.

    A police pursuit ended Tuesday afternoon in Tempe, Ariz., when authorities pinned a suspected bank robber's SUV against a barrier and officers opened fire on the driver, authorities told NBC News.

    Police said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Two "people of interest" in the bank robbery were in custody and no suspects were at large, police said.

    Avondale police told NBC News that the chase began with the robbery of Credit Union West in the Phoenix suburb of Avondale. Video of the chase showed two unmarked vehicles forcing the SUV to spin to the right as it made a right turn and a third vehicle then pinning it against a fence — a tactic known as a "precision immobilization technique," or PIT.

    An officer from the first vehicle approached and opened fire into the front seat of the SUV as local television stations broadcast the encounter live.