Woman, 2 children shot to death on Christmas in Phoenix; man detained

PHOENIX — 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.

A woman and two children were fatally shot on Christmas in 2017 in Arizona, police say. (KPHO, KTVK, CNN)

Police were called to the scene Monday afternoon on a report of a shooting and found a woman dead outside.

Sgt. Jonathan Howard says officers tried to talk to the suspect, who had barricaded himself inside an apartment. Howard says the unidentified man indicated to them that he had killed two children.

Several hours later, Howard says the man began shooting at officers. One officer was injured. After a brief exchange of gunfire, the suspect was taken into custody. The man did not appear to be injured.

Howard says police then found the bodies of a 10-month-old and an 11-year-old inside the apartment.

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