Phoenix police arrest 2 suspects, barricade ends with house fire

Jun 11, 2018, 7:30 AM | Updated: Jun 12, 2018, 12:13 pm
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PHOENIX — Police in Phoenix arrested two armed robbery suspects early Monday after an hourslong standoff, which included the men shooting at police, ended with a burning house.

One of the suspects surrendered shortly before the house caught fire; the second was found by a police dog.

Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said officers tracked the suspects from a store Sunday to the home near 23rd Avenue and Cactus Road.

The two men drove to the west Phoenix home, barricaded themselves in the house on the back of the property and began firing at authorities who were surrounding the house.

A woman inside was able to leave and was taken into custody. She told police two or three men were in the house.

Fortune said officers responded with robots and tear gas before one suspect gave up, just before the house caught fire.

Police worked fire hoses to spray down the house, but did not go inside, citing dangerous conditions.

The first man taken into custody, Kenny Keyes, 37, told police that the man inside had access to weapons and ammunition. Police said Keyes had rifle magazines on him when they arrested him.

The second suspect was identified Tuesday as Blake K. Miller, 26, who was arrested for aggravated assault of police officers, possession of a weapon by a prohibited possessor and shoplifting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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