His estranged wife Iris Ross, 38, was found dead outside an apartment complex in Phoenix, Ariz., before he barricaded himself inside the home with their 10-month-old daughter Anora and 11-year-old son Nigel.
Anthony Milan Ross, booked on suspicion of three counts of murder, aggravated assault on an officer and other charges in the death of his estranged wife and 2 children on Dec 25, 2017.
Anthony Milan Ross was held without bail on three counts of first-degree murder. He was also charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault and assault against a police officer. (MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)
Anthony Ross exchanged gunfire with police before authorities swarmed the residence and arrested him in a dramatic conclusion to the six-hour standoff.
An officer was hit by shrapnel in the firefight, and Anthony Ross was taken into custody uninjured on Monday night.
Police later found the couple’s two children dead inside the apartment.
Iris Ross’ sister told ABC that she received a text message earlier that afternoon that stated, “I just killed Iris and the kids.” Moments later, another text came, announcing, “with a gun.”
“I knew that man was very unstable. I knew he had a very, very dark side…I didn’t know it was this dark,” Mary Wogas said.
Ross has prior felony arrests on his record. A motive in the triple homicide remains unclear, and police are investigating the killings as a domestic violence incident.
Police are on the scene on Christmas night, December 25, 2017, after a man shot and killed a woman and two children in the afternoon at the Highland Apartments, 1601 E. Highland St. in Phoenix, Arizona. (12 NEWS/KPNX)
“Hey guys, I’m smiling and I’m hanging out with Nigel on Christmas Eve. We’re going to embarrass ourselves! We’re going to sing,” he said.
The two performed “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” before the 11-year-old boy dissolved into giggles.
While the timing of the children’s deaths remains unclear, Ross shared a joyful Facebook video on Christmas morning, which showed him laughing and singing with his son the day before. (FACEBOOK)
Anthony Ross, who is known professionally as Milan Ross, was born and raised in the Midwest, where his family members suffered from obesity, according to his personal website.
After discovering a plant-based diet, he claims he lost more than 300 pounds.
In an interview with local news channel 12 News last month, Ross said he was committed to losing weight for his son after he wasn’t allowed on a ride at Universal Studies nearly four years ago.
Ross, who weighed more than 500 pounds at the time, said, “[Nigel] started crying. It was at that moment I learned that the decisions I was making didn’t just affect me.”
He shared his journey through two books and landed magazine covers along with an appearance in a documentary that also featured James Cameron and Samuel L. Jackson.
Police at the Highland Apartments, 1601 E. Highland St. in Phoenix, Ariz., after Ross barricaded himself inside an apartment. (12 NEWS/KPNX)