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Homeowner shoots burglary suspect during struggle

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A Phoenix woman walks to a police car after she was attacked in her home by a suspected burglar Tuesday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News) A Phoenix woman walks to a police car after she was attacked in her home by a suspected burglar Tuesday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Phoenix police stand at a house where a homeowner shot and wounded a burglary suspect Tuesday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News) Phoenix police stand at a house where a homeowner shot and wounded a burglary suspect Tuesday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Phoenix police said a suspected burglar was shot and wounded by a homeowner after a struggle inside the home early Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened shortly after 7 a.m. in the area of 4400 N. 66th Dr.

A 47-year-old woman who lives alone in the home said she heard someone trying to break into her house.

She said a man rang the doorbell and rattled the front door of the home. After the stranger rattled the side gate, the woman called 911. She then saw the man peering in the windows of her home as well as the arcadia door to her house, said Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson. 

As police were responding to the house, the man smashed the rear arcadia door with a garden weeding tool, Thompson said. 

The woman grabbed a gun and the suspect, a man in his 20s, chased her around the house until she ran into a bathroom.

The suspect followed, not knowing she was armed, and punched her before he was shot by the woman, Thompson said.

Thompson said the shooting appeared to be justified.

"Any time someone is in your house and they've assaulted you, I would say she appears to have been in the right at this point," Thompson said.

The woman suffered a bloody head from the punch.

The suspect's injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Thompson said.

Neighbor Hector Heredia said he was shocked by the woman's bravery.

"I didn't know she was equipped with a gun, which is good for her because other than that, who knows how far this would have gone," Heredia told CBS 5 News.

Charges against the suspect will be considered after his release from the hospital, Thompson said.

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