Police shoot man after domestic-violence situation, standoff in Chandler

Posted: Updated:
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Detectives are trying to piece together events leading up to a domestic-violence situation that escalated to a police standoff and ended in an officer-involved shooting.

It happened late Thursday night at an apartment in the neighborhood northeast of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard in Chandler. Police were still on the scene early Friday morning.

It started with a 911 call from a neighbor. That neighbor told police a man was threatening his girlfriend.

When officers arrived on the scene, they tried to get the man to give himself up, but he refused to obey their commands.

Police say the suspect, who has not been identified, started acting erratically, throwing things and breaking windows.

While the girlfriend eventually managed to get out safely, the man remained holed up inside the apartment.

Officers with the SWAT team saw the man pour something on the floor. Moments later, the apartment was on fire.

When the suspect finally came out, officers shot him. The wounded suspect was taken to a local hospital. His condition was not immediately available.

Detectives are trying to determine what sparked the initial confrontation between the man and his girlfriend, if there is a history of domestic violence, and why the man refused to come out when ordered to.

No officers were injured in the incident. The officers who shot the suspect will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. That is standard procedure any time an officer discharges his or her service weapon.