A Tucson police officer and a bank robbery suspect were bitten by dogs during a chase through midtown Wednesday afternoon.

A 911 call came in just before noon reporting an armed robbery at the Bank of the West, 3175 N. Swan Road, near East Camp Lowell Road, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department.

A man entered the bank with a handgun, demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A police officer saw a vehicle in the area he believed was linked to the robbery. The officer chased the car until they reached an alley just west of East 27th Street and South Curtis Avenue.

Two men were in the vehicle. One was detained, but the other ran from officers.

During a foot chase through yards in a nearby neighborhood, one officer was attacked by a pit bull and another officer shot the dog, Widmer said. The dog was taken to a veterinary clinic for treatment.

Officers tracked the man, who was barefoot, to the back yard of a home in the 1500 block of East 28th Street.

The man was arrested after he was bitten by a police dog, Widmer said.

Police identified the two men as Evan Curtis Hill, 20, and John Murphy, 48. They have been booked into the Pima County Jail and are each facing several charges. Police said Hill was the suspect bitten by the police dog.


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