Man arrested in Phoenix killings of estranged wife and 2 kids

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Police have identified the victims as Iris Ross, 38, Nigel Ross, 11, and Anora Ross, 10 months.

He made comments that he had killed the children and "he made notifications to other family members that he had killed the children", the police spokesman said in the first news conference on the tragedy. The man began firing shots and tactical officers entered the apartment as the gunfire rang out.

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Police said that at one point during the ongoing standoff they asked media to stop providing updates because the suspect told them "he is monitoring media and it is agitating him", according to Sgt. Jonathan Howard of the Phoenix Police Department, according to Patch.com. The suspect is 45-years-old, and he's still alive after the Christmas massacre. Police mentioned that the gunman and the woman used to be in a relationship.

A man was taken into custody by police after 10 p.m. Monday after a standoff with officers and is suspected of killing the woman.

When police arrived, they were able to make contact with the suspect, who was holed up inside the apartment complex. One officer was taken to the hospital in stable condition for an injury that may be from shrapnel.

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Residents told The Republic that the shooting occurred in the northeast quadrant of the complex, and that the probable shooter lived in a three-story unit.

"It's beyond insane", resident Gibson Daoud said.

For hours, residents and visitors inside the complex were not allowed to leave and those waiting to return to their homes were not allowed in. "It's as [expletive] as it can get on Christmas Day".

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Several residents waited in parked cars across the street for hours until police resolved the incident. "It's eerie. I feel bad for whoever is going through this", said Kristen Alexander, a resident at the complex.

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