An Arizona woman and two children were shot and killed in what police characterized as a domestic violence incident on Christmas Day.
According to ABC 15 Arizona, Phoenix police responded to reports of gunshots at an area apartment complex Monday evening.
After arriving at the scene, police communicated with the suspected gunman, who had barricaded himself inside an apartment.
After a standoff that lasted several hours, the gunman opened fire on the officers, who briefly exchanged shots with him.
Officers were then able to distract the gunman with an explosive device, secure the area and take the suspect, who had a relationship with the woman, into custody.
Police found a dead woman outside the apartment and two dead children, an 11-year old and a 10-month old, inside, according to Sgt. Jonathan Howard, a spokesman for Phoenix police. Howard said all three victims had been shot.
Howard noted that it was possible that the three victims were murdered in the afternoon. After the gunman informed police negotiators that he had killed the children, hoping that one or both of the children were alive, officials allowed negotiations for the man’s surrender to continue for hours.
One policeman was injured by shrapnel during the shootout and was transported to the hospital. Officials report that the officer remains in stable condition.
“It’s beyond crazy,” said Gibson Daoud, a resident of the apartment complex where the shooting occurred. “It’s as sh–ty as it can get on Christmas Day.”
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