Officers shoot armed man at W. Phoenix apartment complex

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- One man is in the hospital, shot by police who were responding to a domestic violence call at a West Phoenix apartment complex overnight.

It happened just before 11:45 p.m. Monday near 39th Avenue and Camelback Road.

According to Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department, officers arrived on the scene at the Estancia Del Sol Apartments about 11:15 p.m. to find a man and a woman involved in a verbal and physical dispute inside one of the units. Several other people were there, as well.

While the officers were conducting their investigation, they heard what they believed to be a gunshot from somewhere inside the complex.

Calling for backup, the officers went to check it out. They came upon a man with a handgun in the quad area of one of the buildings. The officers ordered the man to drop the gun, but he refused and instead fired at them.

The officers returned fire, but did not hit the suspect. As more officers arrived on the scene, the man still refused to comply with orders to drop his weapon, Holmes said, instead pointing it once again at the responding officers.

Several officers fired, this time hitting the suspect. The man, who has not been identified, was taken to a local hospital. At last check, he was in critical condition.

Holmes said there were five officers involved in the shooting. Those officers range in age from 27 to 32, with between 3.5 years and five years of experience on the force. Not one of the was injured. All of the officers will be placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure any time an officer fires his service weapon.

Witnesses told police that the armed man was a visitor to the apartment complex. They said he arrived earlier in the night with a friend and seemed to be angry although nobody knew why.

The suspect did not appear to have any connection to the original domestic-violence call.