Police Used Shields to Rescue Baby During Phoenix Standoff

By PAUL DAVENPORT, Related Press

PHOENIX (AP) — SWAT officers used ballistic shields as they rescued a child woman throughout a standoff with a gunman who earlier shot and wounded 5 patrol officers, together with 4 whereas they moved to take the newborn to security, Phoenix police mentioned.

Preliminary accounts of the incident Friday that left the gunman and a lady believed to be his ex-girlfriend lifeless and the newborn unhurt hadn’t defined how police rescued the newborn after the primary try was thwarted.

The entire 5 wounded officers have been anticipated to outlive, police mentioned. 4 extra officers had minor accidents after being struck by shrapnel or ricocheting bullets, police mentioned.

In an announcement launched late Friday, police additionally mentioned that after he shot one officer, the gunman tried unsuccessfully to drive out of the storage of the house the place he later barricaded himself and was discovered lifeless inside hours later.

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The getaway try was thwarted as a result of a parked patrol automotive blocked his automobile, the police assertion mentioned. “When he was unsuccessful, he went again into the home.”

Police on Friday recognized the lifeless suspect as 36-year-old Morris Richard Jones III.

Federal courtroom information confirmed Jones had a prison historical past courting again to a minimum of 2007, together with convictions in Oklahoma for utilizing a firearm throughout a drug trafficking crime and possessing a firearm after a felony conviction and in Arizona for conspiring to move, for revenue, individuals who have been within the nation illegally.

The girl died at a hospital after being discovered critically wounded within the house. Her identify wasn’t launched.

It wasn’t identified whether or not Jones killed himself or died from pictures fired by police. Sgt. Andy Williams, a police spokesperson, mentioned Saturday no updates have been obtainable.

Police went to the house in response to a 911 name reporting the capturing of a lady.

The primary officer was ambushed and shot as he approached the door however “was in a position to again away and discover cowl,” the assertion mentioned.

The second officer to reach fired at Jones, who went again into the house, the assertion mentioned.

Throughout the ensuing barricade state of affairs, a person whose identification hasn’t been launched stepped out of the entrance door, put a child down after which surrendered to police, police mentioned.

Officers then approached the entrance door to rescue the newborn however Jones shot at them, wounding 4 with bullets as 4 others have been struck by ricochets or shrapnel, police mentioned.

After members of the police division’s Particular Project Unit arrived on the scene, these officers used shields to achieve the kid, the assertion mentioned. “Jones additionally fired pictures on the SAU officers throughout the barricade.”

“A child is secure as we speak due to our Phoenix law enforcement officials,” Mayor Kate Gallego mentioned at a information convention close to the scene.

The assertion mentioned police tried unsuccessfully to get Jones to go away the home. After utilizing a digicam to look inside and seeing that Jones wasn’t transferring, police entered and located him lifeless, the assertion mentioned.

The assertion did not describe the digicam however a metropolis councilwoman mentioned a Glendale police drone assisted Phoenix police throughout the incident.

The person who introduced the newborn outdoors suffered non-life-threatening accidents. Williams mentioned he’s a member of the family and is cooperating with police.

“No info means that he’s a part of the ambush, nevertheless it’s an ongoing investigation,” Williams mentioned Friday.

Throughout the incident, neighbors took shelter from the gunfire.

Austin Michael, who had been engaged on a automotive he just lately purchased, informed the Arizona Republic he took shelter in his pickup camper after seeing a police automobile go by after which listening to gunfire earlier than seeing extra police automobiles and information automobiles arrive.

Michael mentioned he noticed an officer being loaded into an ambulance and TV crews take cowl as bullets went over their heads. “That was so shut, that’s when every thing received extraordinarily severe and it was not a joke anymore,” he mentioned.

Related Press writers Jacques Billeaud, Jonathan J. Cooper and Terry Tang in Phoenix contributed to this report.

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