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Sources say Phoenix police officer was struck by friendly fire during barricade situation

Posted: 9:42 AM, Nov 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-08 00:26:47-05
Michael Austin

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Police Department has released more information regarding an officer-involved shooting that left one man dead, two women, and one police officer injured on November 3.

The shooting took place near 28th Street and Roeser Road Sunday morning when a man, identified as Michael Austin, fired several shots inside his home and held two female victims inside the home without allowing them to leave.

After several hours of negotiating with Austin, officials determined they needed to get inside to rescue the women after seeing the man firing his gun.

Around 5:30 a.m. police entered the home and additional shots were fired.

On Thursday, police released additional information stating the preliminary investigation "has revealed that the two female victims were struck by fragments from a single bullet fired by an officer."

According to police, the bullet went through "at least two items" before striking both women.

Multiple law enforcement sources also tell ABC15 the Phoenix officer who was injured during the shootout was hit by friendly fire from another officer.

RELATED: PD: One officer, two women shot during standoff near 28th Street and Roeser Road in Phoenix

"This was horrible," said the Reverend Jarrett Maupin. "It was a tactical operation gone awry, run amok."

Maupin said he has been in contact with relatives and neighbors. He identified the women as Barbara and Tameika Austin, and he said, "We got two ladies that survived, and their quality of life is not determinable at this time."

Maupin wants the officers involved to be suspended without pay.

The Phoenix Police Department released the following statement to ABC15 Thursday morning:

"This is a complex investigation. Investigators are working tirelessly to piece together the events of that night. The facts as we know them today are that an armed suspect, who has been identified as Michael Austin, shot dozens of rounds inside his home and towards the direction of officers. Some of these rounds also struck an occupied nearby residence.

He refused to let the three victims leave the residence and at least one of the victims was in need of medical attention according to family members. Michael refused to exit the residence after several hours of negotiations and continued to shoot.

In an effort to provide you with a better understanding of the events we are sharing a timeline of that incident, please know that these times are all approximate. We will provide additional details as the investigation continues."

Below is the Phoenix Police Department's timeline of the events that occurred on November 3:

7:41 p.m.
Officers are called to a residence in the area of 2800 E. Atlanta Avenue to check the welfare of the residents. Officers are told that everything is OK by one of the residents.

11:22 p.m.
Officers are called to the same residence. Same concerns from the initial call. Family is being held hostage and suspect is armed. The caller believes the elderly victim needs medical attention. Caller indicates the suspect has access to several firearms to include a rifle. Officers arrive on scene and begin gathering information.

12:15 a.m.
Officers coordinate tactical approach to the residence. Officers hear shots being fired inside.

12:21 a.m.
Shots are fired in the direction of the officers. Officers move to cover.

12:24 a.m.
Shots are fired through the walls by the suspect.

12:26 a.m.
Officers re-group at the front of the residence.

12:29 a.m.
Shots are fired through the walls by the suspect.

12:40 a.m.
Negotiations begin. 1:15 a.m. Special Assignment Officers arrive.

1:37 a.m.
One shot heard at the front of the residence.

4:39 a.m.
Shots are heard and suspect is seen armed. Despite repeated requests to verify that the others in the house are fine, the suspect refused to allow them to speak or leave the home. A tactical plan is made in order to rescue the victims.

5:02 a.m.
An SAU officer sees the armed suspect and fires at the suspect as the rescue team approaches the front door.

5:03 - 5:05 a.m.
Suspect walks down the hallway toward the front and shoots at officers. Officers shoot at suspect. Officer is shot. Suspect and two victims are hit by gunfire. Officers enter residence and locate victims to provide medical attention.