Nine Phoenix police officers were injured early Friday while trying to rescue a baby during a standoff in which the shooter was killed, police said.
The baby girl was not injured, but a woman who was believed to be the baby’s mother was also shot and later died at a local hospital, police said.
Morris Jones, 36, was the suspected shooter at the house at 54th Avenue and Elmwood Street, according to police. The woman who died has not been publicly identified.
During a Friday afternoon news conference Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego praised the responding officers and the emergency dispatchers for their handling of the shooting.
“A baby is safe today because of our Phoenix police officers,” she said.
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Five of the injured officers were shot, and four others were hit by bullet shrapnel, according to the Phoenix Police Department. One of the officers suffered critical injuries and the four others were seriously injured, police said. Four of them remained hospitalized as of late Friday afternoon.
Police were called to a shooting at the home around 2:15 a.m. The suspected shooter invited an officer inside, but shot the officer several times before the officer could enter, police said.
The officer who was shot retreated to safety while backup arrived and surrounded the house, telling those inside to come out, police said.
A man then stepped outside and placed the baby in a carrier just outside the door and then walked backward toward police with his hands up, police said. As of Friday, police did not believe the man who brought the infant outside was involved in the shooting, but said he lived at the house where the shooting happened.
When officers approached the home to get the baby, the Morris shot four more officers, police said.