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Nine Phoenix Officers Wounded After Suspect Uses Baby As Bait For Ambush

Phoenix, AZ – Nine Phoenix police officers were wounded on Friday morning while responding to a report of a shooting that led to an hours-long standoff on the south side of the city.

Phoenix police said the incident occurred just after 2 a.m. on Feb. 11 on 54th Avenue between Lower Buckeye and Broadway roads, KTVK reported.

Phoenix Police Sergeant Andy Williams said someone called 911 and reported that a woman had been shot.

The first officer to arrive on the scene was ambushed, KTVK reported.

“He was actually invited in by the suspect,” Sgt. Williams explained. “As he approached the doorway, the suspect ambushed him with a gun and shot him several times.”

Although the officer was shot multiple times, he was able to get himself out of the line of fire, KTVK reported.

Sgt. Williams said backup arrived a short time later and the officer was transported to a nearby hospital.

The responding officers surrounded the house and ordered the occupants to come outside, KTVK reported.

That was when 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.

“An adult male came to the door holding a baby, an infant,” Sgt. Williams told reporters. “He placed an infant on the ground in front of the front door and then walked out towards the officers where they began detaining him. Other officers also moved in to secure that infant. At that time, the suspect opened fire on the officers again.”

Police said the suspect shot four more officers, and four additional officers were injured by shrapnel or struck by ricocheted bullets, FOX News reported.

“Those officers were all able to get back to safety, while two other officers returned fire at the suspect,” Sgt. Williams said. “They attempted negotiations with the adult male suspect and ultimately made entry into the home and determined that he was deceased inside.”

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said the woman who was the subject of the initial shooting report to police was found critically wounded and taken to the hospital.

Chief Williams said the woman remained in critical condition, KTVK reported.

The baby girl who was set outside in the middle of the standoff was fine, according to FOX News.

Most of the wounded officers were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment, FOX News reported.

However, a few of the officers who had sustained less-serious wounds stayed behind to assist at the scene.

Official said all of the officers were expected to survive their wounds, FOX News reported.

Authorities have not yet identified the gunman.

Police also haven’t released the names and specific medical conditions of the wounded heroes, FOX News reported.

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

“If I seem upset, I am,” Chief Williams said. “This is senseless, it doesn’t need to happen and it continues to happen over and over again.”

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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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