Phoenix homeowner shoots intruder as he tries to break into house

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by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by 3TV's Marissa Wingate

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 22 at 10:43 AM

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man fired his gun at two suspects who reportedly tried to break into his home Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, the homeowner heard a loud knock on the door at his home near 51st Avenue and Baseline Road just after 12:30 p.m.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson said there had been a burglary and an attempted burglary at the man's home during the past several months. In the first robbery, thieves took off with his belongings. During the second break-in, the suspect reportedly knocked louder than a person would normally knock. The man's wife was able to chase that suspect off with a kitchen knife.

When the 30-year-old homeowner heard the loud knock Tuesday, he thought it might be another attempt to burglarize his home and he retrieved a shotgun.

Thompson said the suspects tried to force the door open, but the victim pushed against it from the inside. The suspects then charged the door and it was smashed open.

As the suspects were coming into the home, the homeowner fired one shot, striking the 19-year-old suspect in the buttocks. Thompson said the other suspect fled and is still outstanding.

The suspect who was shot was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries.

Charges are pending his release from the hospital.

The missing suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and approximately 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hat and a long white shirt.

Investigators said the homeowner most likely will not face charges.

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