Crime Man dead, 2 officers hurt after Phoenix police stand-off
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Police are investigating a Sunday morning incident that left one man dead and four people injured, including two officers.
A 36-year-old officer was shot and a 34-year-old officer was injured after being bitten by a police dog during a ''chaotic'' scene at a residence in the area of 28th Street and Roeser Road, Phoenix police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said during a briefing from the scene early Sunday.
The injured officers and two female victims are expected to survive their injuries, police said.
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Police initially responded to the residence about 7:50 p.m. after a caller reported a family fight and an armed suspect. When they arrived, the residents said they were fine and refused to open the door.
Later that evening, about 11:30 p.m., police responded to a second call at the same residence where a 32-year-old man with an arsenal of guns had barricaded himself with at least three other people inside, said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a department spokesman.
Police said the suspect was threatening to shoot the family members and refusing to allow them to leave. It was also reported that the suspect had "pistol whipped" the 69-year-old female victim and she needed medical attention.
Thompson said the responding officers backed off after the man began firing shots and called in the department's Special Assignments Unit — otherwise known as SWAT.
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Police negotiated through the night and entered the home about 5 a.m. Sunday when shots were exchanged.
The suspect was killed, and two women, ages 68 and 38, were shot, and were listed in stable condition Sunday night.
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said one officer had been with the department for five years and the other for 12 years. Both officers are expected to make a full recovery, she said.
"We're very thankful for this," Williams said. "But this is one more example of how the Phoenix Police Department and other law-enforcement agencies have dangerous situations where they're running into danger in order to make our communities safe."
Williams also thanked 911 operators for their assistance.
She asked that people keep Officer Gene Lee in their thoughts and prayers.in an alleged inmate attack on Oct. 29.
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Phoenix police spokeswoman Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said investigators are still working to piece together what happened during the multihour standoff. She added that the two officers and two female victims hit by fragments from a bullet fired by an officer are still recovering. The projectile that hit the women passed through at least two items before striking them. For more stories that matter: Click here to subscribe to azcentral.com.
Williams was flanked during the press conference by a representative of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, the police union that represents rank-and-file officers.
The joint appearance comes two days after the union's president, Michael "Britt" London, told NPR-affiliate KJZZ that theafter she fired a number of officers involved in controversial, high-profile cases.
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