A vegan chef and motivational speaker accused of taking pictures lifeless his spouse and two kids on Christmas Day had posted a Fb video of him laughing and singing together with his son simply hours earlier than the alleged murders.
Police say Anthony Milan Ross, 45, was arrested on Monday (25 December) after a violent rampage that culminated in a shootout with officers at an condominium complicated in Phoenix, Arizona.
His estranged spouse, Iris Ross, 38, and their 10-month-old daughter, Anora, and 11-year-old son, Nigel, have been discovered lifeless on the scene.
Ross is being held on three counts of first-degree homicide, a number of counts of aggravated assault and assault in opposition to a police officer.
In a Fb clip posted hours earlier than the violent rampage, Ross was seen laughing and singing a Christmas track together with his son Nigel.
The pair appeared care free and in a festive temper, with Ross telling the digicam: “I am smiling and I am hanging out with Nigel,” earlier than the 2 carried out a rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to City.
Hours after posting the video, Ross shot his spouse as she ran away from the condominium, in accordance with court docket paperwork. Witnesses mentioned he then returned to the condominium the place two or three extra pictures rang out.
Police have been referred to as and tried to speak to Ross as he barricaded himself contained in the unit, Sgt. Jonathan Howard mentioned. A number of hours later, Ross indicated he had killed the 2 kids and commenced taking pictures at officers, the authorities mentioned. After a short gun battle, he was taken into custody.
Police mentioned Ross was not damage however that one officer was injured by shrapnel and brought to the hospital in secure situation.
It was unclear the place Ross was at present residing. Police had initially indicated he not lived on the complicated, close to 16th Avenue and Highland Avenue, and was visiting the realm for the vacations, however court docket paperwork listed the condominium deal with as his residence.
Police didn’t give a motive for the taking pictures however mentioned they have been investigating it as a home violence incident.
Ross, who was identified to his followers by his center title Milan, runs a vegan life-style web site and is a motivational speaker on weight reduction.
Mary Wogas, the sister of Iris Ross, advised ABC15 she obtained chilling textual content messages on Christmas afternoon from Ross saying: “I simply killed Iris and the youngsters … with a gun.”
She mentioned: “I knew that man was very unstable. I knew he had a really, very darkish facet… I did not comprehend it was this darkish.”
Family and friends reportedly mentioned Ross had been performing in another way since he divorced Iris Ross in June, even making threats in opposition to her.
On the afternoon of the taking pictures, tactical models escorted residents from the realm, and a few clustered exterior a comfort retailer for hours till the standoff ended. Others returning house weren’t allowed in to the realm.
“It is type of loopy, simply because it is purported to be a vacation for your loved ones and getting collectively,” Sierra Scott, whose mom lives on the condominium complicated, advised Phoenix information station KSAZ-TV.
A standing convention is about to be held at Maricopa County Superior Court docket on the morning of three January and a preliminary listening to is scheduled for the morning of 5 January.