Barricade situation at Phoenix apartment complex

Image courtesy of AP

Image courtesy of AP

Phoenix, Dec 26 Police say a man shot and killed a woman and two children at an apartment complex in Phoenix before getting into a shootout with officers.

After arriving at the scene, the officers found the woman outside the building. Police have not yet declared or explained how the children died.

When police realized the children were dead, the gunman started shooting at the cops outside 1601 E. Highland Street, The Arizona Republic reported.

Police engaged in an nearly seven-hour standoff with the suspect during which an officer was injured but was transported to a nearby hospital in stable condition, New York Daily News reported.

One officer was injured.

"Early investigation indicates this is likely a domestic violence incident".

Police were able to secure the area and take the suspect into custody after a brief exchange of fire, the station reported. Officers discovered two children inside the unit, ages 11 and 10 months, deceased.

Police said the man and the woman used to be in a relationship.

Kristen Alexander, who was escorted back to her apartment in the Highland Apartment complex after spending more than five hours outside in a parking lot, told the Republic, "I'm terrified of who our neighbors are". "It's eerie. I feel bad for whoever is going through this", Alexander told AZFamily.com.

Kristen Alexander, 26, had been sitting in a parking lot since the afternoon after arriving home from a trip to OH, the Arizona Republic reported.

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