A man police say robbed a Pizza Hut at gunpoint and tied up at least two of the pizzeria’s employees late Saturday was shot by a police officer as he tried to leave the restaurant.
The alleged robber remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after he was shot once in the left leg about 11:30 p.m. when he ran out the back door of the Pizza Hut at 240 S. Phelps Drive with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to Apache Junction police Capt. Tom Kelley.
Four employees told police the man forced entry into the eatery as they were closing, demanded money and made two of them get on the floor before he tied them up, Kelley said.
The robber, whose leg was broken, was expected to undergo surgery on Monday and would be arrested on suspicion of armed robbery and kidnapping when he is released from the hospital, Kelley said.
Per department policy, the police officer was placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation, and the stolen money was recovered at the scene, Kelley said.