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BREAKING: 5 Officers Shot In Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ – Five Phoenix police officers were shot during an incident early on Friday morning that involved rescuing a baby.

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said the incident occurred when officers were responding to a shooting near a residence located near 51st Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road just before 3 a.m. on Feb. 11, FOX News reported.

Chief Williams said that when the first officer approached the scene, the suspect opened fire and shot him multiple times.

Then a man inside the home opened the front door and placed a baby in a carrier on the front porch next to a backpack that appeared to be a diaper bag.

In a video captured of the moment, it appeared the man followed police commands and put his hands over his head and walked backwards toward officers after he set the baby on the front steps.

He was taken into custody, FOX News reported.

Officers approached the front steps to rescue the baby and that was when someone inside the home started shooting at the officers again.

Four more officers were shot, FOX News reported.

“As officers went to bring that baby to safety, the suspect continued to shoot, firing and striking four other officers,” Chief Williams said. “At that time our officers returned fire. The suspect then barricaded himself in the home and right now our special assignment unit is taking the lead on this scene.”

All of the wounded heroes were transported to local hospitals for treatment.

No official information on their medical conditions has been released, ABC News reported.

Police said that the baby was safe, but a woman who was present was also critically injured during the incident.

Chief Williams called the shooting “just one more example of the dangers our officers face every day keeping us and our community safe,” FOX News reported.

“If I seem upset, I am,” the police chief told reporters. “This is senseless, it doesn’t need to happen and it continues to happen over and over again.” she told reporters.

She indicated that one of the five wounded officers was in serious condition but did not elaborate, FOX News reported.

Phoenix police said that the standoff had ended at about 7 a.m. local time.

“The barricade situation has been resolved. There is no threat to the public. The area will be restricted while investigators are on scene,” the department tweeted.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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