Buckeye police: Woman's body found inside home where officers were in shootout

Posted at 9:23 PM, Jun 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-27 01:28:59-04

Authorities say a woman's body was found inside the house where officers were involved in a shootout with a suspect on Saturday.

Officers were called around 3:45 p.m. to a home in a neighborhood near Wayland Drive and Southern Avenue after an out-of-state caller asked for a welfare check. In an update Sunday, police said the 911 caller told dispatchers someone at that address might have killed his wife and said two children were inside the house.

Police said a man inside a vehicle started shooting when units arrived on scene. Officers returned fire, and neighbors reported hearing dozens of gunshots.

Authorities determined the shooter, a man, died in his vehicle and a woman's body was found inside the house. Two children, who were unhurt, were taken to safety.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is handling the investigation into the use of deadly force by the Buckeye officers. Two officers, both of whom have three years on the Buckeye police force, have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of the DPS investigation.

The Buckeye Police Department said its own detectives would handle the investigation into the woman's death.

Authorities said they were trying to locate relatives of the children and those killed. The names of the two dead, and the officers involved, were not released Sunday.