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9 Phoenix police officers wounded, woman hurt, in shooting during incident involving baby girl; Suspect dead

Nine Arizona police crime were wounded Friday morning – believed to be the highest number of officers shot in one day – while responding to a shooting that led to an hours-long crime” target=”_blank”>barricade< home, according to investigators.

The incident began around 2:15 a.m. local time, and was resolved at about 7 a.m., police said. phoenix-scottsdale-and-tempe” target=”_blank”>Phoenix<

The suspect allegedly shot four more officers, while four others were struck by ricocheted bullets or shrapnel, police said. 

“Those officers were all able to get back to safety, while two other officers returned fire at the suspect,” Sgt. Williams said. “They attempted negotiations with the adult male suspect and ultimately made entry into the home and determined that he was deceased inside.”

This is senseless. It doesn’t need to happen, and it continues to happen over and over again.

— Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams

All injured officers suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said. Some officers remained on the scene despite having been injured. 

The woman who was reported to have been shot was critically injured, police said. Police believe the baby involved in the incident is their child. The infant, a girl, is safe. 

 

Police ultimately moved in to the home and discovered the barricaded suspect had died of an apparent gunshot wound. Investigators believe the injured woman and the suspect were formerly in a romantic relationship. 

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The suspect was not immediately identified.

Earlier in the day, Williams said the shooting was “just one more example of the dangers our officers face every day keeping us and our community safe.”

“If I seem upset, I am. This is senseless. It doesn’t need to happen, and it continues to happen over and over again,” she told reporters. “But I am thankful that our four officers are recovering and one of them is seriously hurt but is on the road to recovery.” 

In a statement released Friday morning, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey asked for continued prayers for the wounded officers. 

“Our men and women in blue work day and night—no matter the circumstances—to protect our state from danger,” he wrote. “Their unwavering courage & sacrifice helps to keep us safe. Arizona is deeply grateful.”

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