Thursday, May 23, 2013

Phoenix standoff ends when man kills himself

Posted: May 21, 2013 6:53 AM Updated: May 21, 2013 11:37 AM

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say a 32-year-old man sought in the abduction of his son has killed himself, ending a 12-hour barricade at a house in which six other people were held captive for varying lengths of time.

Sgt. Steve Martos says Israel Celis Sr. had a self-inflicted gunshot wound when officers entered a barricaded room upon hearing a gunshot and screams Tuesday.

A woman and an 8-year-old boy also in the room were OK.

Five other people were released or extracted from the house earlier.

Celis' 3-year-old son was among those released earlier. An Amber Alert said Celis abducted the boy Monday at gunpoint from his mother in Tolleson.

Police used an armored vehicle to smash open the front of the house to gain entry after Celis shot at officers.

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