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Neighbors: APD said suspect was in custody after loud bang

Created: 05/04/2014 5:24 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

APD has identified the man shot and killed by officers on Saturday as 50-year-old Armand Martin.

Police say Martin shot at officers after a long SWAT standoff at his home on Coyote Canyon Place in Ventana Ranch.

A neighbor in the Ventana Ranch neighborhood tells KOB Eyewitness News 4 police assured him and other neighbors a suspect had been taken into custody around 6:15 p.m. Sunday. It wasn't until Chip Arnold saw the news he learned that wasn't the case.

Arnold said Saturday night's stand-off ended with a loud bang, and moments later, he asked an APD officer what happened.

"And at that time he said the person had been taken into custody," said Arnold.

Arnold said it came as a relief, until he realized it wasn't true.

"We were shocked," said Arnold. "Woke up this morning and found out our neighbor had been shot here."

Nearly every window on the house here Coyote Canyon Place is broken out, but it isn't clear whether the damage was caused from flash-bang grenades, tear gas, or gunfire.

On Sunday morning, friends and family of Martin's were picking up the pieces. They asked us to let them do that in private.

Just before 5 p.m. Sunday, as many as six plain-clothes APD detectives began making rounds -- interviewing neighbors about what they saw. Two officers examined the Martin home close-up just after 5 p.m.

"When I came by here today just going on a bike ride I saw a lot of holes had penetrated the windows and the garage as well," said Arnold, looking at the house.

Arnold said he never expected to see so much damage, and he never expected to find out one of his neighbors had been shot and killed by police.

"I'm actually surprised," he said. "I would think they would have taken all steps to make sure this resolution didn't come to pass with the DOJ report and the public hearings that have been held. I'm very very surprised they didn't take as much time as necessary to get him out of here safely and alive."

APD has not released further information -- including lapel video of the incident.


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