Man opens fire in neighborhood, killed by police

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by Ryan O'Donnell

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Posted on April 13, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 14 at 1:56 PM

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PHOENIX -- Shots ring out in a neighborhood near 83rd Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.
 
“It was rapid fire,” said Sonja Amavisca, whose heart was pounding when she heard the shots and immediately grabbed her kids. “We had them go down on the carpet on the floor and they were laying down on the floor .”
 
“This individual at some point came out of the house both in the front and in the back of the house at different times and was shooting at the houses to the south and to the north which would be across the street,” said Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson.
 
It caused the whole neighborhood to be evacuated. Neighbors said they saw 29-year-old Jesus Antonio Torres with an AK-47, which is a high-powered assault rifle.
 
“It was quite traumatic for us so I can't imagine the people who live on that street how they're feeling right now,” said Amavisca.
 
Initially, police showed up because of a domestic violence call, but it quickly turned into a standoff when Torres started putting holes in homes.
 
“(He) came out the front door and started shooting at the officers and that's when we returned fire again, this time the individual was struck and he went down and unfortunately died at the scene,” said Sgt. Thompson.
 
Torres' girlfriend, Anna Maria Lopez, was there at the scene and briefly mentioned there were some child custody issues.

“He loved his boys and his momma,” said Lopez.
 
Despite several homes being riddled with bullets, police said none of the neighbors was hurt.

One officer did get hurt, but Sgt. Thompson said it wasn't bad.

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