911 call released in deadly PHX home invasion

Posted at 2:41 PM, Oct 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-02 17:41:18-04

Hidden in a bedroom, the wife of a man shot during a Phoenix home invasion last month called 911 for help, not knowing the fate of her husband.

911 dispatch: Phoenix 911, what's your emergency?

Caller: Somebody burst into our house...and they were just in our house..I'm in the back bedroom and I'm in the dark. I turned off the lights.

911 dispatch: Someone shot at your house?

Caller: Yeah, in the house, so it sounds like someone burst open the door..and came in and they were yelling and I don't know (inaudible) went on. My husband's in another room. I hope he didn't get up. I hope it wasn't him that got shot.

Listen to the full 911 call in the video player above.

The wife of Jess Sixkiller continues talking to the dispatcher, saying she wasn't sure what was going on and expressing concern for her husband's well-being.

Caller: "I'm afraid to go out there (inaudible) if they're still in the house or nearby"

Moments later, a woman's crying can be heard on the line.

911 dispatch: What's going on? Your husband's on the bedroom floor?

Caller: Yes

Sixkiller, 78, a well-known Native American activist in the community and former officer with the Chicago Police Department, died at the scene.

Police have released limited information, but a $1,000 reward for information leading to a suspect or suspects was offered.

Family and friends have said that the man's death is a huge loss for the community.

“We have lost our Martin Luther King, we have lost our Rosa Parks, we have lost our Malcolm X,” family friend Eddie Webb, of the Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, said. “This is not a crime statistic, this is an icon in American Indian history.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

A memorial service will be held Friday night at the Heard Museum is downtown Phoenix.