Two police officers injured in barricade, suspect kills self

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police say an armed and allegedly suicidal man barricaded himself inside a home Tuesday and fired shots at officers. Two officers were injured in the confrontation, but they're expected to be OK.

Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said the man then killed himself. Police have not yet released his identity.

The situation began Tuesday evening near 43rd Avenue and Cactus Road. 

His family members made the initial call to police around 6 p.m. Police say the man's wife and three children had become afraid of the suspect and tried to leave the home.

"At some point, they tried to flee the home because they were afraid of what he was going to do," Crump said.

The suspect's family members said he had been talking about having a confrontation with police and they said he talked about wanting to hurt himself or others. Family members also told police he had been angered by recent protests in the news. Police say the suspect possibly suffered from mental illness.

When officers responded to the scene, the suspect allegedly fired two shots at the officers.

"We were being very careful, very methodical when moving up to that location," Crump said.

Two officers received minor injuries, but it's not clear if they suffered gunshot wounds or were hit with debris.

Police evacuated the surrounding neighborhood as tactical teams moved in. Those still in their homes in the area were urged to stay inside.

"It is a very dangerous situation," Crump said.

Just before 10 p.m., officers entered the home to find the suspect dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.