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Police ID man killed by officers during neighborhood shooting

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PHOENIX -

A shootout with police left a Phoenix man dead outside a home near 80th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.

Police were initially called out for a domestic dispute, but say it quickly escalated to a much more dangerous, and eventually deadly, situation.

Wrapped in a blanket, tears streaming down her cheeks, the suspect's girlfriend was comforted just hours after 29-year-old Jesus Antonio Torres was killed as a result of a shootout with Phoenix Police.

Torres was killed over what she believes started as a custody battle.

Gunshots first rang out around 1 a.m. and a man trying to get video got caught in the cross fire.

"I didn't think I was going to make it out of there at least unscathed," said Chad Black, a freelance photojournalist.

"The 911 call said to stay in the house, there was an emergency situation going on," said Mark Boston, a neighbor.

It was around the same time that area residents, like Boston, received a warning to stay clear.

"Boom boom boom and then later on boom boom boom and then you kept hearing it constantly. It was going off for a while," said Traci Ballenger, a neighbor.

One of the residents found what she believes to be a bullet hole inside of her bathroom and then she walked over to her closet and found another one.

Police say Torres hit at least six houses in the area.

"At some point, he began to fire from outside of the house, he continued to fire from different points inside the house...he fired, at one point, in the ceiling...he fired at houses to the rear," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson.

Although police don't know the exact number of rounds Torres fired, Thompson says it appears he fired well over 100 rounds. 

Thompson says officers ultimately engaged the suspect in gunfire when he came outside of the house. He was struck and died at the scene.

According to Thompson, nine officers fired at Torres and at least 16 officers were either shot at or were in the line of fire.

One Phoenix Police officer sustained minor injuries.

It's not clear at this point if he was possibly hit by a bullet or cut by broken glass, but he is expected to be ok.

Police say Torres used a Sig Sauer .40 caliber pistol and an AK-47 rifle during the shooting.

All officers involved will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

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