Thursday, June 5, 2008

Arizona: Another homeowner shoots, kills armed would-be robber

Phoenix, Arizona

From the AZ Family of June 5, 2008
Another homeowner shoots, kills armed would-be robber

A homeowner shot and killed a suspect who was allegedly trying to break into his West Valley home early Thursday morning.

It happened at about 1:30 a.m., in the area of 59h Avenue and McDowell Road.

Police said the family of four was asleep at the time.

The homeowner reportedly woke up when he heard somebody kicking in the door. That man grabbed his shotgun and waited near his bedroom door.

When the bedroom door swung open, the man said he saw a man with a gun. That's when he opened fire.

That suspect died on the scene. Police did find a gun near him.

Investigators said there were two other suspects who took off, running to where their truck was parked a block away. Those suspects are still on the loose.

Police said the homeowner was acting in self defense so he likely will not face any charges.

None of the family members inside the house were hurt.

Neighbors said the family keeps to themselves, but they did notice what they believed to be suspicious activity nearby Wednesday morning.

"The neighbors said at 5:30 yeasterday morning he saw two guys on bikes that were at the house next to them, and they looked like drug addicts," said Brenda Mcolough.

Investigators are trying to determine the motive for the break-in.

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