Suspect opens fire on Phoenix officer during domestic dispute

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PHOENIX - A Phoenix neighborhood was awakened by gunfire after a domestic dispute broke out early Sunday morning.

At approximately 4:30 a.m., an officer on patrol observed a suspicious man exiting the desert area onto 35th Avenue near Williams Road.

The officer made contact with a different man who informed her that a fight between brothers was happening at a nearby home.

According to Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump, one of the brothers inside the home had a rifle and fired numerous rounds at the officer.

Several rounds hit the officer's SUV and she quickly was able to reverse and avoid further gunfire.

Another parked car was hit along with the bedroom of a nearby house. The couple in the home were not injured.

A perimeter was set up and after a short standoff the suspect surrendered. A tactical team entered the home and arrested other family members.

The alleged shooter has been identified as Jesse Smith, 27. He was booked into jail for one count of attempted second-degree murder, four counts of aggravated assault, firing at a residential structure, firing at a non-residential structure and misconduct involving body armor.

His brother, Joshua Smith, 22, was booked for hindering prosecution. Two additional investigative leads were released.

The officer was not injured in the incident.