Maryvale woman shoots intruder



Video report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Updated Thursday, May 8 at 10:31 AM

Map: Near 67th Avenue and Indian School

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PHOENIX -- A woman shot an intruder who broke into her Maryvale home Tuesday morning.

It happened shortly before 7:30 a.m. in a neighborhood northeast of 67th Avenue and Indian School Road.

According to Phoenix police, the 20-year-old man smashed the arcadia door with a garden weeding tool after rattling doorknobs and ringing the doorbell.

The 47-year-old woman grabbed her gun and hid in the bathroom.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson said the man went into the bathroom and punched the woman in the face several times. She fired one shot, striking him.

Police arrived and found the suspect on the floor in the hallway, still partially in the bathroom. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

Thompson said the suspect will face charges upon his release from the hospital.

Police say the shooting was "certainly" self-defense, which means the woman will not face charges.

"The woman was certainly acting within her rights to defend herself," Thompson said. "Keep in mind that not only was she the victim of a burglary, but then she was the victim of an assault. One can only ask the question: What might have happened had she not taken the action she did to end this confrontation?"

The woman told police she does not know the suspect and has no idea why he broke into her home.

At this point, it is not clear why the suspect targeted that house.