Suspect shot, killed woman, two children in Phoenix on Christmas

Suspect shot, killed woman, two children in Phoenix on Christmas

- A man is accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife and their two children at a Phoenix apartment complex before getting into a Christmas Day shootout with officers, authorities said Tuesday.

Police were called to the scene Monday afternoon on a report of a shooting and found a woman dead outside.

The suspect is in custody.

The suspect barricaded himself inside one of the apartment complexes, and after a few hours, began shooting at the officers, ABC 15 Arizona reported.

Police arrived around 3:45 p.m. Monday and witnesses said they believed Ross was inside his apartment with his two children.

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Police have identified the victims as Iris Ross, 38, Nigel Ross, 11, and Anora Ross, 10 months.

An officer who was injured as police entered the apartment was taken to a nearby hospital and is in stable condition.

Authorities have not released a motive or the names of the woman and children. Police say this appears to be a domestic dispute turned deadly.

Residents of the upscale apartment complex near the Biltmore area were not allowed to leave and others were not able to return to their homes there.

Several residents waited in parked cars across the street for hours until police resolved the incident. "It's eerie. I feel bad for whoever is going through this", said neighbor Kristen Alexander, reported AZFamily.com.

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