Woman shot after hostage call may have intended suicide by cop

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A 58-year-old woman who was shot by Phoenix police on Saturday may have intended to commit "suicide by cop."

Authorities responded to the area of 16th Avenue and Bell Road after receiving a report of a hostage situation involving a man with a gun.

According to Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Steve Martos, officers approached the home and discovered the front door was open. They took a position of cover behind a vehicle then observed a woman approaching the home. She ignored the officers' commands to stay away from the house and went inside then exited less than a minute later with a handgun.

Martos said the officers again gave commands, which the woman ignored. She then reportedly raised the gun and pointed it at the officers. The officers feared for their safety and fired multiple rounds at the suspect. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A SWAT team was sent in to clear the house.

Detectives have learned that none of the individuals in the home were being held hostage and none were injured.  

The suspect had lived at this residence for approximately one year and others in the home told investigators that she had indicated this was the way she wanted to commit suicide, according to Martos.

The woman's name has not been released.