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APD: Man fired at police, neighboring homes during SWAT standoff

Created: 05/04/2014 10:16 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Armand Martin sprayed his neighborhood with a barrage of gunfire from the second floor of his Ventana Ranch home before he was shot and killed, according to APD.

Police released new details on Saturday's officer involved shooting during a media briefing Sunday evening.

Deputy chief Eric Garcia said Saturday's SWAT stand-off began with a 911 call from Martin's wife.

APD played the call in its entirety Sunday. Martin's wife told dispatchers he threatened her and their children with guns she never knew he owned.

"He pulled a gun on us," a woman's voice is heard on the 911 recording. "He just went crazy, he told us to get the (expletive) out of the house. He was waving the gun outside the bedroom door and clicking the trigger."

Martin's wife told police he had a previous domestic violence arrest, and she didn't even know he owned guns.

For the next five hours, APD says they called in Crisis Intervention Teams and negotiators.

They also learned Martin had a history of serious mental illness.

A department psychologist tried to get information about his condition from the local VA hospital, but it wasn't released.

Police say Martin refused to negotiate.

"At approximately 5:36 p.m., the suspect positioned himself on the second floor of the home, and multiple gunshots were fired from within the residence, at officers and surrounding homes," said Garcia.

Garcia wouldn't say how many rounds Martin fired from the house, but photos released by APD show at least 16 casings marked by evidence markers on the floor inside the house.

"I believe there was at least one bullet that struck another home," said Garcia.

As Martin fired at officers, no shots were fired back.

Instead, Garcia says wooden batons and tear gas were used.

Then Martin came outside.

"The suspect exited through the front door actively shooting with two handguns," said Garcia.

That's where it ended.

"One APD officer discharged his department issued rifle, firing a single shot," said Garcia.

APD says that single shot hit Martin in the chest, killing him.

Garcia said the department will release lapel video of the incident on Tuesday.


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