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Phoenix police fatally shoot man firing shots

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say officers shot and killed a 55-year-old man who fired a rifle at officers, neighbors' houses and a police helicopter.

According to police, officers responding late Monday night to a report of shots fired in a neighborhood in the vicinity of 15th Avenue and Bethany Home Road were greeted by gunfire.

Those officers took cover and numerous others then began arriving as backup as the gunman fired at a police helicopter and nearby homes.

Officer James Holmes says two officers who got on the roof of a house across the street shot the gunman as he was standing on a porch.

He says no officers or anybody else was injured.

The man's identity hasn't been released.


2-year-old boy drowns at Tucson apartment complex

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A 2-year-old boy has drowned at a Tucson apartment complex.

Fire Capt. Barrett Baker says an adult found the child in a hot tub in a gated pool area Monday evening and that another adult started to perform CPR.

Fire personnel then arrived and took over but efforts to resuscitate the child were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Baker says the drowning is the first for the year for the Tucson Fire Department.


Tucson man awakens, finds house on fire

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Tucson man escaped injury when his house caught fire.

Fire Capt. Barrett Baker says the home didn't have a working smoke detector but that something woke up the resident early Tuesday morning and he was able to get out of the house.

Meanwhile, police officers had seen smoke in the area and called dispatchers when they spotted the house on fire.

Firefighters put out the fire after arriving to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the front of the home.

Cause of the fire is under investigation. The house is considered a total loss.


Wildfire results in Arizona Trail detour

TUSAYAN, Ariz. (AP) - Management of a lightning-sparked fire burning on the Kaibab National Forest has forced officials to temporarily detour portions of the Arizona Trail.

Officials say large signs and detour maps have been posted in the area of the Belknap Fire so visitors will know which areas to avoid as crews use managed ignitions along the eastern edge of the fire.

Crews are igniting grass and brush along the tops of the ridges to slowly back fire down the Coconino Rim at lower intensities. The planned ignitions are expected to last several days.

The fire has charred nearly half of a square mile southeast of Grandview Point. Crews are using the flames to burn up hazardous fuels on the forest floor.

Forest officials also warned smoke would be visible in the area.

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