Laveen man dead, woman hospitalized after attempted murder-suicide

A woman is in critical condition and a man is dead after an attempted murder-suicide at a Laveen home.

Police say it was a child who made the 911 call, telling dispatchers that his father had shot his mother at a home near 71st Avenue and Baseline Road on Aug. 13.

First responders discovered a woman who was inside a car with multiple gunshot wounds. She told police she was shot in their home.

She was able to escape outside to the car, but her husband, 54-year-old John hack, reportedly shot at the car as she drove away.

"Officers located the minor, unharmed, outside the home where the child was taken to safety," officials said in a statement.

Officers tried for hours to negotiate with the husband who was still inside the house, but he refused to leave and a SWAT team eventually went inside.

Hack was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. 

The woman, who was described as being in her late 40s, was hospitalized and is now in critical but stable condition.

Detectives are still trying to figure out what led up to the shooting. No names were released.

If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The crisis center provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to civilians and veterans. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text HOME to 741-741 (Crisis Text Line).

Help is available for those who are victims of domestic violence. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (TTY: 1-800-787-3224). You can also text START to 88788.

More Arizona headlines