Police say a man shot and killed a woman and two children at an apartment complex in Phoenix before getting into a shootout with officers.
The incident was said to have taken place around 3:45 p.m. EST on Christmas afternoon when the woman was shot dead outside the apartment in Phoenix. Several hours later, he indicated he had killed the two children and began shooting at officers.
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Police engaged in an nearly seven-hour standoff with the suspect during which an officer was injured but was transported to a nearby hospital in stable condition, New York Daily News reported. Ross then surrendered and was taken into custody, police said. The man did not appear to be injured. Officers later found the bodies of their 11-year-old son Nigel Ross, and their 10-month-old daughter Anora Ross inside the apartment where the father had barricaded himself. Then, officers tracked the suspect to a specific apartment. After arriving, they found a woman with gunshot wounds.
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One police officer, a 46-year-old man with 23 years of service, fired several rounds into a door jamb to distract Ross. Phoenix police had not yet released the identity of the woman or the children at midday.
The second officer is 31 years old with nine years' experience in law enforcement, police said. Tall palm trees stand at the entrance of the complex, which has three-story units.
"It's beyond insane", added resident Gibson Daoud told the Arizona Republic. Others returning home weren't allowed in. "It's as [expletive] as it can get on Christmas Day".
The situation was said to have resolved around 11 p.m. EST. "It's eerie. I feel bad for whoever is going through this", said neighbor Kristen Alexander, reported AZFamily.com.