A well-known vegan chef and motivational speaker posted a Christmas day song with his son just before he allegedly shot the boy, his mother and infant sister.
Anthony Milan Ross, 45, was arrested late Monday night after a six-hour standoff with police in a Phoenix, Arizona apartment complex which also left one police officer injured, AZ Central reported.
Police found the 11-year-old boy, Nigel, along with his 10-month-old sister, Anora, dead in the apartment after the standoff. Iris Ross, the author’s 38-year-old estranged wife, was found lying in a patio area at the complex where she had been shot dead apparently before the police were called to Highland Apartments at 3:45 p.m.
He was a guest on several popular TV shows after he lost 275 pounds by switching to a Vegan lifestyle. On Christmas Day Anthony Milan Ross shot and killed his 11 year-old son, 10 month-old daughter and their mother. Ross is now in a #Phoenix jail facing murder charges. pic.twitter.com/4KsDiPIfFj
— Cameron Ridle (@CameronRidle) December 27, 2017
AZ Central reported:
According to a court document, witnesses told police officers that they saw Ross shoot a woman who was running away from him. After that, they said, he returned to an apartment and they heard two to three more gunshots from inside the home. Soon after, he was back outside, going through through Iris Ross’ pants pockets, witnesses said. They asked Anthony Ross if she was OK, and he responded by pointing his handgun at them and telling them “no,” according to the court document.
Iris and Anthony Ross were divorced earlier this year.
Howard said Anthony Ross initially told police negotiators he had killed the children. However, police negotiated with him for hours in hopes that one or both of the children were alive, Howard said. During the negotiations, Ross changed his story, saying they were alive and threatened to kill them, according to officials.
A police Special Assignments Unit sent a robot into the apartment after 10 p.m. which indicated that the infant was dead. They entered the apartment, prompting Ross to open fire, before they discovered the body of the young boy in another room, according to court records.
A 46-year-old officer who sustained injuries in the exchange was reportedly in stable condition.
Ross lost a great deal of weight in his 20’s which he attributed to a vegan lifestyle. He took to writing about the transformation and creating motivational videos which were followed by his more than 6,200 fans on Facebook. A feature-length documentary about vegan living featured Ross alongside celebrities like James Cameron and Samuel L Jackson.
According to his sister-in-law Mary Wogas, however, Ross was also battling depression.
“I received a text yesterday around 2.52pm,” Wogas told ABC 15 about the texts from her sister’s former husband.
“Two messages, first one saying, ‘I just killed Iris and the kids.’ The second message was ‘with a gun.’ I knew that man was very unstable. I knew he had a very, very dark side,” she said. “I didn’t know it was this dark.”
Police did not yet have a motive for the shootings allegedly by Ross who was in Phoenix visiting the children for Christmas.
In his court appearance Tuesday, Ross was ordered held without bond at a Maricopa County jail, according to AZ Central.
He has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and more than a dozen counts of aggravated assault on an officer and one count of discharging a firearm within city limits
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