Shooter in fight over feces speaks out

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- An apparently homeless man is in the hospital after a business owner shot him during a struggle early Saturday morning.

It happened at about 1 a.m. in the area of Ninth Avenue and Buchanan Street, which is north of Grant Street.

The 61-year-old business owner, Adrian Cat, told police he fired in self-defense. Investigators are trying to determine if that was indeed the case.

"Like a nightmare. I don't know what's going to happen," Cat told 3TV. "I didn't want to shoot anyone. I didn't want to hurt anyone."

It was initially thought that Cat had shot an intruder on his property, but investigators determined that that was not exactly what happened.

According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department, Cat spotted a homeless man sleeping outside the fenced area of his business/residence near Seventh Avenue and Buchanan Street.

Cat told the younger man to leave. After spotting feces where the man had been lying, however, he demanded the younger man return and clean up the mess.

Thompson said the younger man ignored Cat and walked away. Rather than letting him leave, however, Cat followed him.

The two men got into a fight near the railroad tracks and Ninth Avenue, about a block from the business.

At some point during the fight, the younger man began swinging a chain and padlock at Cat.

"The older man fell to the ground at one point and was in fear for his safety," Thompson said in a news release. "He fired a handgun he had at the younger man, missing him."

As the pair continued to grapple, Cat fired again. This time, the younger man was hit in the chest. He was taken to a local hospital. At last check, he was in stable condition and expected to survive.

Cat called 911 right after the shooting.

Investigators have not released the name of the wounded man.

At this point, it's not clear if Cat, who is claiming self-defense, will be charged in connection with the shooting.

Thompson said the Maricopa County Attorney's Office will review the case and make the decision about whether to file charges.

Fight over feces leads to shooting, suspect claims self-defense