PHOENIX, ARIZONA (AZFAMILY) The man accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife and their two children before getting into a shootout with police at a central Phoenix apartment complex on Christmas Day is being held without bond.
Police on Tuesday identified the suspect as Anthony Milan Ross. Charged with three counts of first-degree murder and 19 counts of aggravated assault on an officer, among others, Ross made his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.
Officers were called out to the Highland Apartments near 16th Street and Highland Avenue, which is south of Camelback Road, around 3:45 p.m. Monday.
When they arrived, officers found Iris Ross, 38, in the front patio area of the complex. She had been shot to death, according to Sgt. Jonathan Howard with the Phoenix Police Department.
Witnesses said Iris was trying to run away from Ross, according to court paperwork. Witnesses also said they saw him going through her pants pockets. According to the probable cause for arrest statement, Ross told officers he was looking for her key fob because he “wanted to move her vehicle so he could leave in his vehicle to an undetermined location.”
That’s all he said on the record before asking for an attorney.
Court documents indicate that Ross has relatives out of town.
The children, 10-month-old Anora Ross and 11-year-old Nigel Ross, were unaccounted for, but witnesses said they believed they were in Ross’ apartment.