Police ID suspect in deadly shooting in El Mirage

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Michael Phillips, 55 (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Michael Phillips, 55 (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
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An El Mirage man is facing charges of second-degree murder, aggravated assault and assault in connection with a shooting over the weekend.

It happened at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday at a home near Thompson Ranch and Greenway roads.

Police say the suspect, Michael Phillips, 55, and the victim, a man in his 30s whose name has not been released, live on the same property but their relationship is unknown. 

According to investigators, Phillips and the victim got into an altercation in the backyard.

"During the altercation, Michael produced a handgun and shot the victim in the chest, where he succumbed to his injury," according to the El Mirage Police Department.

Phillips called 911, as did several neighbors.

Police said Phillips suffered a shoulder injury and was taken to the hospital. Officers took him into custody as soon as doctors released him.

It's not clear what sparked the initial altercation.

No other details have been released.

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