PHOENIX, AZ - Authorities have identified a man killed by police officers after he fired gunshots from inside and outside a Phoenix home Friday evening.
Phoenix police were called to a domestic violence situation in a neighborhood near 83rd Avenue and Buckeye Road when 29-year-old Jesus Antonio Torres began firing gunshots from inside the home, said Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson.
Police said Torres' girlfriend came out of the house after officers gave directions over a PA system to come outside, Thompson said. She told officers Jesus Antonio Torres was inside, depressed about child custody issues and that he was armed.
While police set up a perimeter and evacuated houses in the area, Torres began to shoot at the officers from inside the residence. Thompson said several officers took refuge behind a police SUV which was struck a number of times by the suspect's gunfire.
Torres continued shooting from within the house and given the change in the sound of gunfire, it appeared he was using both a handgun and a rifle, according to Thompson. An AK-47 .62 caliber rifle and Sig Sauer .40 caliber pistol were recovered from the scene during the investigation following the incident.
Eventually the suspect came outside with a handgun and rifle and started "shooting everywhere and at everyone," Thompson said in an email.
Thompson said a number of the officers returned fire, striking Torres who died at the scene. Two officers were injured by shooting debris and were taken to the hospital for an evaluation, Thompson said. The officers are expected to be OK.
A neighbor was also injured by debris, according to police. The condition of the neighbor was not immediately available.
At one point, Torres was firing rounds through the ceiling of his home, possibly at a police helicopter flying overhead. Bullets could be seen coming through the roof and Thompson said after a precautionary landing it was determined the helicopter had not been hit.
Thompson said besides the officers shot at by Torres, at least six homes in the area were struck by gunfire from Torres. He said it appears Torres fired well over 100 rounds.
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