Police: Teen shoots man in face while fleeing attempted burglary

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PHOENIX – Police arrested a teenager and two young men in connection with an attempted armed burglary that ended with a man being shot in the face early Thursday morning.

It happened shortly before 2 a.m. in the area of 39th and Grand avenues. According to police, it started with an attempted car break-in.

According to police, the victim's roommate told him that somebody was trying to break into his car. The 61-year-old man and the roommate went outside to confront the three suspects only to find them running away.

As they were running, one of those suspects, a 14-year-old Hispanic boy, turned and fired a shot, hitting the victim on the right side of his face.

The Phoenix Police Department helicopter was not far from the neighborhood and quickly spotted the suspects as they ran toward the Casa Blanca Townhomes.

Officers on the ground quickly set up a perimeter and caught two of the three suspects. While the first two suspects were taken into custody without incident, the third resisted arrest.

Officers on the scene deployed police dogs. They also used a TASER® on that suspect.

“If one of them is not effective in taking a suspect into custody, we’ll use the other,” explained Lt. David Moore of the Phoenix Police Department. “We ended up using both.”

One witness told 3TV he saw the suspect try to jump over a fence, but he had nowhere to go.

“One of the dogs grabbed him by the leg,” said the witness. “The cops were actually able to tase him and put him down on the ground.”

Once the third suspect was down, officers were able to arrest him without further issue. He was taken to a local hospital to be treated for dog bites.

While they cannot release the name of the teenager, police have identified the adult suspects as Carlos Moreno-Vasquez, 19, and Alejandro Garcia, 20. It's not clear which of them resisted arrest.

According to Crump, the suspects told investigators they were out stealing car stereos for money.

Crump said officers on the scene recovered the weapon they believe was used in the shooting.

The victim’s name has not been released. His injuries reportedly were not life-threatening. At last check he was in serious condition.

All three suspects are facing a variety of felony charges, including armed burglary, aggravated assault and theft. Crump said Moreno-Vasquez will face an additional charge for an outstanding felony warrant.