PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- Police shot and killed a suspect after a domestic violence call that left a woman and her teen son dead led to an officer-involved shooting in Phoenix Sunday night.

It happened at around 10 p.m. Sunday at a home near the I-17 north of Jomax.

Sgt. Maggie Cox with the Phoenix Police Department said officers were called to the neighborhood after multiple calls about a fight at the home. Callers told police that a man was asking them for a gun so he could kill himself. Cox said the man also called police himself and told them he had a gun. 

When officers arrived, they found the man outside of the house where he told officers he had a gun and pointed what appeared to be a gun at them. Both officers fired their weapons, hitting and killing the man. Police later identified him as 53-year-old Paul Sarver. He was pronounced dead on scene. Cox said a black hard-shell eyeglasses case was used as a simulated weapon and was found next to the suspect.

Cox said officers then went inside the house and found a 46-year-old woman, Shannon Hursh, and the couple's 13-year-old boy with life-threatening injuries. They were taken to a hospital in critical condition where the woman was later pronounced dead. Police say the two suffered from blunt force trauma. The 13-year-old boy, Caden Sarver, died in the hospital on Friday. 

Officers also found an 11-year-old girl at one of the neighbor's homes. She was not injured. It's not clear if she is a witness to the homicide. The two children involved are Sarver and Hursh's children. It is not clear if the two are still married or divorced.

"There's no routine domestic violence call; they can go violent quickly," Cox said.

“It was absolutely shocking. It’s not something you’d expect in our neighborhood," said neighbor Holly Norman, who has lived in the community for a decade.

“It’s heartbreaking to think that something like this could happen," Norman continued. “We need to come together as a community. Do something for this family if we can. And just support each other as neighbors and friends.”

Norman said police have kept them informed about what happened, and staff members of a crisis center handed out letters to all the neighbors, offering counseling and help to families.

This is the 46th officer-involved shooting in Maricopa County and the 68th overall in the state in 2020.

Arizona’s Family received the body-worn camera in the video below from Phoenix police. This video was edited and released by Phoenix police. Arizona’s Family has asked for the entire video via a public record request.


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