9 officers hurt in ‘ambush,’ shootout at Phoenix home


By JACQUES BILLEAUD and PAUL DAVENPORT - Associated Press



In this image taken from video provided by the Phoenix Police Department, Police Chief Jeri Williams provides an update on several officers that were shot outside a hospital in Phoenix, Friday, Feb. 11, 2022. Five Phoenix police officers were shot in an ambush after responding to a report of gunfire inside a home early Friday, including four who were wounded while trying to take a baby to safety, police said. Four more officers were injured by shrapnel or ricocheting bullets. (Phoenix Police Department via AP)

In this image taken from video provided by the Phoenix Police Department, Police Chief Jeri Williams provides an update on several officers that were shot outside a hospital in Phoenix, Friday, Feb. 11, 2022. Five Phoenix police officers were shot in an ambush after responding to a report of gunfire inside a home early Friday, including four who were wounded while trying to take a baby to safety, police said. Four more officers were injured by shrapnel or ricocheting bullets. (Phoenix Police Department via AP)


PHOENIX (AP) — A man ambushed a police officer who responded to a call at a Phoenix home early Friday, shooting him several times, then rained more gunfire on other officers who tried to rescue a baby that had been placed outside.

In all, five officers were shot, including four who were wounded while trying to take the baby to safety. Four more officers were injured by shrapnel or ricocheting bullets, Phoenix Police Sgt. Andy Williams said.

All were expected to survive, and the baby was unharmed, police said.

The most seriously injured officer was the first to arrive at the home, around 2:15 a.m., following a report of a woman shot. He was invited inside, Williams said.

“As he approached the doorway, the suspect ambushed him with a gun and shot him several times,” Williams said. “That officer was able to get back and get away to safety.”

Another man later came outside the home holding a baby in a carrier and placed it just outside the front door. He raised his hands to surrender while backing away from the house.

Other officers who responded approached the doorway, and more shots ran out. Eight officers were wounded by bullets or shrapnel, Williams said.

After a barricade situation, the suspect was found dead inside the home, and a woman at the home was critically injured, police said in a statement. They didn’t specify how the suspect died.

No identities were released, and police said they were still trying to learn circumstances of the incident. Detectives were gathering evidence and processing the scene Friday morning.

“This is just one more example of the dangers that officers face every day keeping us and our community safe,” Williams said. “If I seem upset, I am. This is senseless. It does not need to happen and it continues to happen over and over again.”

The neighborhood where the events unfolded has newly built homes, and the residence where the shooting happened had its second-story windows shot out.

In this image taken from video provided by the Phoenix Police Department, Police Chief Jeri Williams provides an update on several officers that were shot outside a hospital in Phoenix, Friday, Feb. 11, 2022. Five Phoenix police officers were shot in an ambush after responding to a report of gunfire inside a home early Friday, including four who were wounded while trying to take a baby to safety, police said. Four more officers were injured by shrapnel or ricocheting bullets. (Phoenix Police Department via AP)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/02/web1_128167486-3d361163d04a4b928088fbe754728f3b.jpgIn this image taken from video provided by the Phoenix Police Department, Police Chief Jeri Williams provides an update on several officers that were shot outside a hospital in Phoenix, Friday, Feb. 11, 2022. Five Phoenix police officers were shot in an ambush after responding to a report of gunfire inside a home early Friday, including four who were wounded while trying to take a baby to safety, police said. Four more officers were injured by shrapnel or ricocheting bullets. (Phoenix Police Department via AP)

By JACQUES BILLEAUD and PAUL DAVENPORT

Associated Press