Suspect shot at officers while barricaded in apartment near downtown Phoenix, police say

Martin Joseph Oliver, 46, was arrested Sunday after allegedly breaking into an apartment before...
Martin Joseph Oliver, 46, was arrested Sunday after allegedly breaking into an apartment before firing at officers during an ensuing barricade situation.(Arizona's Family/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jun. 4, 2023 at 6:59 PM MST|Updated: Jun. 5, 2023 at 1:11 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A man is in custody after a barricade situation at an apartment complex near downtown Phoenix on Sunday afternoon, where police say at least one shot was fired at officers. The suspect has been identified as 46-year-old Martin Joseph Oliver.

Around 1:30 p.m., Phoenix police were called to an apartment complex near 7th Avenue and McDowell Road after a man reportedly broke into one of the units. No one was in the home at the time, as the victim ran outside when Oliver got into her apartment. A roommate told officers there was at least one gun in the apartment.

As police began to surround the building, Oliver allegedly fired at least one round at officers outside. No one was hit. Police then evacuated people from the neighboring apartments until SWAT units arrived on the scene. That was the beginning of a standoff that lasted several hours until the officers were able to arrest Oliver around 6 p.m. In arresting documents, officers noted that multiple shell casings, cartridges, and magazines were found inside the apartment.

During an interview with investigators, Oliver invoked his Miranda rights and refused to answer any of the questions. Details surrounding a possible motive are still unclear. He’s since been booked on several felony charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer.

Court records also revealed that he is a prohibited possessor with prior convictions related to aggravated assault, first-degree criminal trespassing and trafficking of stolen property, and jail destruction. He is currently being held without bond.

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