Man suspected of shooting his 6-month-old son in hostage standoff near Phoenix apparently committed suicide | Arizona News

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — A man suspected of shooting his 6-month-old son multiple times after taking the boy and his mother hostage was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in the rubble of a suburban Arizona home. Phoenix that caught fire during a SWAT standoff, police said Saturday.

The boy was reported in critical but stable condition at a local hospital on Saturday, Surprise police said in a statement. They said earlier that the injuries sustained the day before were not believed to be life-threatening.

Officers went to the home in the town of Surprise, northwest of Phoenix, in response to an emergency call around 11:30 a.m. Friday from a woman who said she and her baby had been held captive there since 3 am by the boy’s father, police said.

The mother escaped with minor injuries and called 911 with a cell phone she said she had borrowed from a nearby construction crew.

Police heard gunshots from inside the home when they arrived, said Surprise Police Sgt. Rick Hernandez said. They entered and found the baby with multiple gunshot wounds but did not see the father. They picked up the child and left.

The dead man, identified Saturday as Todd Christopher Marchetti, 51, had repeatedly refused to surrender peacefully. Fire damage to the home initially prevented authorities from finding it, Hernandez said earlier Saturday.

“Once investigators were able to safely enter the residence, they discovered the remains of Marchetti with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The cause of death is still pending the results of the full medical examiner’s report,” police said in the Saturday night statement.

Aerial video and photographs from the afternoon showed thick smoke rising from the severely damaged home.

Surprise police scheduled a news conference Monday to provide additional details about the ongoing investigation, Hernandez said.

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