Suspect shot by partner during West Phoenix home invasion in custodyPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A suspect wounded by his own team during an early morning home-invasion style robbery in West Phoenix is in custody, but three more are on the loose.
It happened just after 4 a.m.in the neighborhood of 57th Drive and Indian School Road.
Police said three suspects armed with handguns and rifles broke into the home and ordered the people living there -- a man, a woman and their 2-year-old daughter -- to the ground. The suspects searched the house, demanding money and jewelry.
At some point, a fourth suspect entered the home, apparently startling the men who were already inside.
"There was some gunfire," said Detective James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department. "One of those suspects was actually struck by their own team members, if you will."
Police believe the wounded suspect also fired his handgun as he was shot.
That wounded man, who had been shot twice, later turned up at a Valley hospital. The 27-year-old, who police believe was dropped off at the hospital by a woman, was taken into custody. The other three suspects remain at large.
Two of the suspects are described as Hispanic men. The remaining suspect is an African American male about 6 feet tall with a thin build.
Police said all of the men were dressed in black and wore ski masks.
Neighbors reported seeing a gray Chrysler and a blue Honda speeding away from the scene. No other information about those vehicles was immediately available.
Investigators are talking to the victims to try and determine why their house was targeted.
The male victim suffered a minor burn injury from the inadvertent gunfire, but he did not require any medical attention. His wife and daughter were not hurt.
The investigation is ongoing.