Phoenix man critically wounded during home invasion; 2 suspects sought

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man was critically wounded when he was shot during a home invasion.

Phoenix police Sgt. Jonathan Howard said the 42-year-old man lives at the home near 71st Avenue and Thomas Road and woke up to his dogs barking in the backyard at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

The man armed himself to investigate and saw two men in his yard. He confronted the suspects as they forced their way into the house. The man was wounded when they exchanged gunfire.

The victim sustained a critical injury and was transported to a local hospital. He is not expected to survive.

Howard said it appears the wounded man was targeted and police are trying to determine why.

Howard said the intruders arrived in a small, dark-colored foreign car, similar to a Honda or Toyota, and wore dark clothing that included hooded sweatshirts covering their heads.

The man's wife and their four children were at home but not injured.

It's not known if either of the intruders was injured.

Police are trying to locate the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.