MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A suspected shooter and his victim are in the hospital after an hours-long standoff in Mesa on Saturday, police said. It all started when dispatchers got a distressful call from a cellphone at an apartment complex on Brown Road just east of North Horne around 9 a.m. They couldn't hear much but then they got a second call. "Through the muffles, we could hear that somebody had been shot," said Det. Richard Encinas with the Mesa Police Department.
While first responders were on their way to the apartment complex, Encinas said they got information that a woman had been shot in the head. Officers arrived and set up a perimeter. "They started making some announcements and a female did walk out of an apartment, on her own, and walked out towards (sic) the officers," said Encinas. The officers got her to safety and she was driven to the hospital. Encinas didn't have information about her condition.
Police thought there was another person in the apartment. About 10 minutes later, the door opened and three children came out. They were not hurt. Encinas declined to say how old they were.
Police thought a man was still inside, so SWAT was called out and a standoff ensued. They tried negotiations but didn't hear anything back. "At one part, they started doing some breaching things like that in an attempt to find the suspect," said Encinas. "That didn't seem to work either." At around 4 p.m., the SWAT team went into the apartment, found the man and detained him. He was overcome by the heat so he was taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown.
Encinas said the man and woman knew each other but didn't elaborate on their relationship. No names have been released. An investigation is underway.