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A man shot his ex-girlfriend at a residence in Phoenix, as well as ambushed the first policeman who arrived at the scene, seriously injuring him.
Behind this opened fire on almost a dozen police officers who were trying to rescue a baby who was at the door of the house.
The woman he shot died hours later at a health center. At the end of the shooting, a total of five officers were shot by the man, while trying to take the baby to a safe place.
In addition, left four officers injured by shrapnel or ricocheting bullets, according to police reports.
Of the five injured, four are in hospital. All officers are expected to survive and the girl was uninjured.
“Today a baby is safe thanks to our Phoenix police officers,” Kate Gallego, the mayor of Phoenix, celebrated at a press conference.
The first police officer shot and the one seriously injured arrived at dawn, after receiving a complaint from a woman who was shot. Police Sgt. Andy Williams reported that the assailant invited the officer into the home.
“As he approached the door, the suspect ambushed him with a gun and shot him multiple times,” he said. “But the officer was able to return and escape to safety.”
In a video you can see the scene in which another man comes out with a baby and a bag, leaving it on the floor and then put the baby to bed wrapped in a blanket, between the backpack and the front door of the house. Afterward, she raised her hands in surrender as she walked away from the dwelling.
After this man was arrested, other officers approached the entrance of the residence to take the girl and the suspect fired several timesso the officers returned fire, causing the suspect to hide.
At least eight agents were injured, after the first one, by shrapnel bullets that ricocheted in that exchange of fire.Williams said.
Police were able to take the baby to safety when a SWAT unit arrived at the scene of the events.
The suspect was hidden for several hours and was later found dead from a gunshot wound inside the house..
Furthermore, they found the ex-girlfriend of the man inside the residence. The wound inflicted by the suspect was serious, so he died hours later at the hospital., reported the police. Williams said the baby is believed to be the woman’s daughter and is the suspect in question, who will remain in state custody.
The man who would have removed the baby suffered minor injuries. The police sergeant said he is a member of the family and is cooperating with Phoenix security officers.
“No information suggests he was involved in the ambush, but we are continuing to investigate,” Williams said.
Authorities identified the shooter as 36-year-old Morris Richard Jones III.and said they are still trying to determine the circumstances that preceded the incident.
“This is just one more example of the dangers officers face every day to keep the community and us safe,” Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said at a news conference. “If I seem upset, it’s because I am. This makes no sense. It doesn’t need to happen and it keeps happening over and over again.”
The suspect had a criminal record.
Federal court records revealed that Jones had a criminal record dating back to 2007.when he was sentenced in Oklahoma to seven years in prison for the use of a firearm in a drug offense and for possession of a pistol after a felony conviction.
Also, it was revealed that Jones pleaded guilty in March 2020 to conspiring to transfer, for profit, people who were in the country illegally. in the vicinity of the San Simmnons area of southeastern Arizona.
He was sentenced to three years probation.. However, a prosecutor sought to revoke his parole because he says the man used marijuana and cocaine in the spring of 2021 and then punched his girlfriend in her face and took her gun.
So in September his parole was revoked and he was sentenced to five months in federal prison.
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