PHOENIX – Phoenix police say nine officers were injured after a man shot an officer who responded to a call at a house early Friday and continued to shoot other officers who came to the premises.
During the incident, officers attempted to rescue a baby who had been placed outside, according to police.
Five officers were shot and four other officers were injured by shrapnel during the incident, according to spokesman Sgt. Andy Williams. The suspect was found dead after the shooting.
The nine injuries sustained by Phoenix police officers may be the most to occur in a single incident at the department, Williams said.
Williams said the investigation is “incredibly complex” and information is subject to change, but as of 10 a.m. police were investigating two shootings, one of which involved officers.
Phoenix police responded to the home around 2:15 a.m. Friday after receiving a report from a woman who was shot.
The shooter invited the first officer who arrived inside, then “ambushed” him as he approached the door and shot him repeatedly, Williams said. The officer was able to get to safety when reinforcements arrived and called the occupants of the house.
Then another man from inside the house came out holding a baby girl, Williams said. He placed the baby on the ground, walked towards the police and was arrested.
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As officers attempted to get the baby to safety, the suspect shot four officers, Williams said. Four others were injured by shrapnel.
Two officers returned fire and the shooter then barricaded himself in the house, Williams said.
The scene was eventually secured, police said. The shooter – who was not identified Friday morning – was found dead inside the house.
A woman was also found injured at home, Williams said. She remained in extremely critical condition Friday morning, Williams said.
The first officer was injured “most seriously”, but was expected to survive, Williams said. The other four officers who were shot had non-life-threatening injuries.
The four who were injured by shrapnel have minor injuries. They remained at the scene until the incident was resolved, Williams previously said.
Williams said it would “take some time” to determine how the suspect died and a motive was not immediately clear. The man’s identity will not be revealed until next of kin notifications are completed, Williams said.
Williams said the incident highlights “the uncertainties and dangers of this work.”
“This is just one more example of the dangers our officers face every day to keep us and our community safe,” Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said at a conference call. press at 6 a.m. outside Banner University Medical Center.
“If I look upset, I am,” she continued. “It’s insane, it doesn’t need to happen and it keeps happening over and over again.”
Contributor: The Associated Press