Police standoff ends peacefully in west Phoenix

PHOENIX - A standoff between police officers and a Phoenix man ended peacefully Friday morning after hours of negotiations.

The incident began after Phoenix Police responded to a call Thursday night from a woman who was being chased by her ex-boyfriend through the courtyard of an apartment complex near 39th Ave and Camelback Road, said Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department. The victim reported that the suspect was armed with a gun and he pointed the weapon at her while he was chasing her.

When officers arrived at the scene they were directed to an apartment where the suspect had fled, Martos said. Authorities entered the apartment with a ballistic shield and the suspect pointed a gun at the lead officer.

The officers withdrew from the apartment and contacted the Phoenix Police Department's Special Assignments Unit. Martos said negotiators attempted to convince the suspect to surrender to police, but the suspect continued to make statements threatening to shoot officers, police K9s and himself.

After seven hours of negotiations the suspect surrendered peacefully to police. He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a police officer and criminal damage.

Upon further investigation, officers discovered the suspect damaged walls inside the apartment and they located a pistol pellet gun, Martos said. Authorities believe the suspect may have desired to engage officers in a gun fight with his pellet gun.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

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