Phoenix Man Kills Woman, 2 Children Before Shootout With Police

Lawrence Cooper
December 28, 2017

Howard says officers tried to talk to the suspect, who had barricaded himself inside an apartment unit.

Eells said negotiators need to keep it simple, and never make assumptions, as they never really know what lies inside. The gunman, who appeared to have not been injured, was taken into custody around 10 p.m. EST, according to the police.

A man accused in the Christmas day shooting of his estranged wife and their two children was held without bail Tuesday on three counts of first-degree murder following an afternoon of violence that culminated in a night-time shootout with police officers.

Late Monday, after it became clear both children were also dead, police used an explosion to distract the gunman as they entered the apartment, officials said.

Ross seemed happy to spend time with his children hours before the Christmas Day killings.

Officers continued to search from the outside for the other child, an 11-year-old, and that's when the suspect started shooting at officers, according to Howard.

Several hours later, Howard says the man began shooting at officers.

A status conference is set to be held at Maricopa County Superior Court on the morning of 3 January and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for the morning of 5 January.

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"Hey guys, I'm smiling and I'm hanging out with Nigel on Christmas Eve", he said in the video, as reported by The Root.

According to police, an early investigation indicates this is likely a domestic violence incident.

As police continue to investigate the motive and gather more evidence, court records shed some light on the Ross family before the fatal shooting.

On Tuesday night, St. Joseph's Outpatient Surgery Center issued a statement on the incident.

The slain woman and the suspect "had these two children in common", Howard said. Ross posted on his Facebook page a video Christmas Eve of him and his 11-year-old son. "Iris was a fabulous person with a huge heart and we are honored to have had her as part of our family".

Several people waited in parked cars across the street for hours until the situation was resolved. During negotiations, Ross changed his story and said they were alive and threatened to kill them, police said. Officers discovered two children inside the unit, ages 11 and 10 months, deceased.

Echeverria said she hopes Anthony Ross can heal from the experience.

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