Phoenix Apartment Shooting: Woman, 2 Children Dead, Police Officer Injured, Suspect Arrested

Police officers at the scene of a standoff in Phoenix at an apartment complex. Dec. 25 2017

A woman and two children are dead and a police officer wounded, in the wake of a Christmas Day standoff in Phoenix, Arizona.

Police responded Monday afternoon to a report of gunfire and found a woman dead in the parking lot.

The suspect is in custody.

Phoenix police communicated with the shooting suspect, who barricaded himself inside one of the apartments. One officer was injured by shrapnel and taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Officers found two children, ages 11 and 10 months, deceased inside the unit.

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Police said they made contact with the gunman inside an apartment and that is when they discovered that two children were believed to be inside with him.

Howard said the gunman is not a Phoenix resident and that officers did not have a clear motive for the killings. The identities of the woman and children are being withheld pending family notification.

Police described the shooting as a domestic violence incident.

The area will be restricted for several more hours while detectives investigate. Others returning home weren't allowed in. During the standoff and until the issue had been resolved, numerous people waited in parked cars across the street near the apartment complex for several hours. "It's eerie. I feel bad for whoever is going through this", said neighbor Kristen Alexander, reported AZFamily.com.

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