Wardrobe Switch May Have Caused Phoenix SWAT Sniper to Shoot Wrong Woman

A wardrobe switch may have caused a Phoenix S.W.A.T. sniper to shoot the wrong woman. A Phoenix police spokesman said an armed female suspect barricaded herself and another woman inside an apartment complex near 12th Street and Broadway Road.


 

PHOENIX --

A wardrobe switch may have caused a Phoenix S.W.A.T. sniper to shoot the wrong woman.

A Phoenix police spokesman said an armed female suspect barricaded herself and another woman inside an apartment complex near 12th Street and Broadway Road.

Sgt. Trent Crump said police sharpshooters fired when they thought they saw the suspect threatening the other woman.

It turns out, the person they shot was not the suspect.

Police sources have told CBS 5 News that investigators believe the two women switched clothing during the standoff, causing the confusion.

The sources did not know if the clothing swap was done to intentionally deceive police.

Crump said the suspect ultimately exited the apartment and was arrested.

The wounded woman was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.

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