Chief Yahner: Officers 'did their job today'

Posted at 9:15 AM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 14:06:56-05

Phoenix Police Chief Joseph Yahner said his officers 'did their job[s] today' despite the tragic reality that four people were killed inside a home in Phoenix, allegedly by a son or brother of the victims.

"This is a tragedy," said Yahner, who spoke to reporters at the scene.

He said some of his police officers held fire hoses so firefighters could go inside to rescue the victims and attack the fire and so other officers could go inside and stop the suspected shooter.

"This is a unique scene," he said, reflecting on his past years in law enforcement.

Watch Yahner's full statement in the video player above.

Police said four people were shot and killed in the home by another family member Tuesday morning. When officers arrived on scene, the suspected shooter, who is now dead, was shooting at first responders, said police.

The death of the suspected shooter brought the death toll to five.