Nine Phoenix police officers were wounded in a shocking ambush while responding to a report of a shooting. The incident turned into an hours-long standoff.
The first officers to arrive at the scene found themselves in a "baited" situation, according to Sergeant Andy Williams with Phoenix Police Department. The suspect had apparently phoned 911 and lured officers to the scene using an infant before opening fire.
Officers returned fire as the suspect barricaded himself inside a residence with an infant.
Phoenix police said three of their wounded officers were in stable condition at Maricopa Medical Center and one was being treated for non-life threatening injuries, KTVK reported. The other five injured phoenix officers were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and treated for minor injuries.
The suspect, identified as 34-year-old D'Andre Wright, surrendered to police shortly after noon and was taken into custody. He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, nine counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and one count of child abuse.
Williams said it's unclear if the suspect was injured in the shooting.
"This is not a game," Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said, KTVK reported. "What this person did today is an absolute tragedy."
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego also weighed in on Twitter, saying: "I am grateful to our officers for their service and that no lives were lost. This senseless act of violence is despicable and will not be tolerated."
Thank you for your service, Phoenix Police Department. We are grateful that no officers were killed in the line of duty today. This senseless act of violence is despicable and will not be tolerated.
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