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Border Patrol agent commits suicide after shooting at police

A Border Patrol agent appears to have committed suicide after he fired on Maricopa police officers responding to a 911 call at his home Tuesday morning, authorities said. 

When two Maricopa Police officers arrived, Jeremy Russo, 40, fired an unknown number of rounds from an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle from a second-floor window. 

A spokesman with Border Patrol's Tucson Sector confirmed said that Russo joined the agency in September 2011 and was assigned to the Casa Grande station. 

One of the two officers returned fire, and took cover behind his vehicle, said Ricardo Alvarado, a spokesman for police in the city of Maricopa, southwest of Phoenix, Arizona. 

Neither officer was injured in the exchange, but bullets fired by Russo hit at least one other home, said Alvarado. 

Two upstairs windows were shattered in the exchange. 

Russo's wife and three children fled the home safely, Alvarado said. He did not identify them by name, but said there were two girls and a boy. The oldest was 15, he said.  

The officers established a perimeter and residents in the neighborhood were either evacuated or told to shelter in place, Alvarado said. 

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A SWAT team with Arizona Department of Public Safety arrived, and attempted to contact Russo, but without success. About four hours after the incident began, DPS officers used explosives to breach a security gate on the home's front door and sent in a robot. 

Russo was found dead in an upstairs closet. 

Alvarado said that preliminary evidence suggests Russo died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound from a handgun. 

Alvarado said that neighbors reported that Russo had been drinking the night before. 

Police officers had not been called to the home previously, Alvarado said. 

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