Armed suspect surrenders, ends barricade situation peacefully

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Police are trying to determine what led up to a domestic violence situation that sparked a barricade situation at a Phoenix apartment complex Tuesday.

The suspect has since surrendered peacefully and will undergo a mental health evaluation.

Officers surrounded The Colony at 55th and Glenrosa avenues, which is north of Indian School Road, early Tuesday morning.

According to police, the suspect pointed a weapon at an officer before holing up in an apartment.

Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department said there were two 911 calls at 4:30 a.m. One reported a man walking around the area with what appeared to be a rifle. The other reported a domestic violence situation inside the apartment complex.

Determining that those calls were about the same situation, officers went to the apartment in question and discovered an armed man.

"He is standing in the hallway. He has got a rifle in his hand," Holmes said. "The family was threatened by his behavior, so we got them all out."

Police called for backup while they evacuated nearby apartments as a precaution.

"We'll stay here until we can get this resolved peacefully," Holmes said at about 7:30 a.m.

The suspect surrendered less than an hour later.

It is not known if the suspect has a history of violence or mental health issues.

No injuries were reported.

The situation did not affect classes at nearby Atkinson Middle School.