Tempe woman shoots at home invasion suspects

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe police said a woman fired shots at two suspects who broke into her home on Thursday.

Sgt. Mike Pooley said the woman was doing dishes in her home in the 1800 block of East Carmen Street when someone knocked on her door and rang the doorbell shortly before 1 p.m. She told police that she looked out the window and saw three or four black males.

Pooley said the woman went into the garage to get a gun and when she returned, a suspect had entered her home. She fired a shot at that suspect and he fled. She saw a second suspect and fired a few more rounds at him before he fled in a black Chrysler 300.

It is not clear if either suspect was wounded.

Pooley said another suspect fled in a stolen Chevy Suburban. That vehicle was found a short time later near the Filiberto's at McClintock Drive and Guadalupe Road and the suspect was taken into custody. Another suspect was taken into custody near the Fry's Food Store in the same shopping center.

About an hour prior to the home invasion, the Suburban and suspects were seen trying to kick in the door of another house, according to Pooley.

There are one or two suspects outstanding along with the Chrysler 300, which has Alberta, Canada, license plates. It is unknown if it is a stolen vehicle.