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Phoenix Police ID Woman, 2 Children Killed in Christmas Day Shooting

Phoenix Police ID Woman, 2 Children Killed in Christmas Day Shooting

According to AZ Central, police say Ross was arrested Monday night (December 25) after exchanging gunfire with officers following a six-hour standoff in a Phoenix apartment complex.

A woman and two children were fatally shot on Christmas in 2017 in Arizona, police say.

Sgt. Jonathan Howard stated officers responded to a report of a shooting at an apartment complex on the 1600 block of East Highland Avenue, at about 3:45 p.m. on Monday.

Anthony Ross barricaded himself in the apartment, first telling officers he killed his two children before later saying they were still alive but he might shoot them soon, ABC15 wrote.

Prior to that officers had spent hours trying to talk to the man in hopes that eh would release the two children if they were in fact still alive. After a brief gunbattle, he was taken into custody. The 11-year-old boy and 10-month-old girl were found dead in the home. Police officers found the 11-year-old boy's body inside the apartment with gunshot wounds.

Anthony Milan Ross, who goes by the professional name Milan Ross, is a vegan chef in the Phoenix area known for claiming his diet led to dramatic weight loss.

Police on Tuesday identified the suspect as Anthony Milan Ross.

"We used to say that she was the Stewart to my Martha, and I was the Martha to her Stewart", Lushanya Echeverria said.

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Anthony Milan Ross come Tuesday was formally booked on suspicion of three counts of murder, aggravated assault on an officer and other charges. It wasn't immediately clear when he died.

As police continue to investigate the motive and gather more evidence, court records shed some light on the Ross family before the fatal shooting.

The divorce records show Iris Ross worked at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center as the director and health-care administrator for the outpatient surgery center.

Moments later, the suspect began shooting at police, he said.

"We are heartbroken by the loss of this beloved executive and outstanding leader and we are deeply saddened by the loss of her two young children", the statement said.

Daoud and his family live in the apartment complex. She says Milan was extremely dependent on Iris.

Earlier, witnesses said they saw Anthony Ross shoot Iris Ross, who was fleeing her apartment when she was shot and killed, AZCentral reported. Officers discovered Nigel's body in a different room.

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