PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A 21-year-old military member was shot while trying to break into an apartment in Phoenix early Sunday morning, police say.

According to Det. Luis Samudio, the man, later identified as 21-year-old Cody Fryhover, broke into the victim's apartment at about 2:30 a.m. at a complex near 7th Street and Camelback Road

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Samudio said the tenant of the apartment fired a gun at the intruder. The tenant, a 27-year-old man, told officials he woke up from his sleep when the intruder broke the backdoor screen and then kicked the glass door.

The tenant told cops he shot Fryhover while he was trying to get inside.

Fryhover was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries where he later died.

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Arizona's Family learned that the deceased intruder was an airman from Luke Air Force Base.

"It’s kind of a freaky thing to come home to," said Dina Lopez, who lives at Alta Camelback, the apartment complex where the shooting happened. "It’s pretty scary just because nothing like that ever happens here. We have really good security, and the property management has been really good at making sure we feel safe. So, it’s a little bit surprising."

Another nearby resident of the area thought it was a bizarre situation too. 

"It was kind of questionable. Like, what led up to him trying to break into an apartment?" said Jarvell George who lives close to the unit where the shooting happened.

Residents worry how the airman got through this gate.

"Each entry should have a camera, and I believe we should hold residences accountable for making sure the doors are locked and the gates are locked to keep people from entering the building," said George.

No criminal charges have been made at this time. The tenant who shot the airman stayed on the scene to help.

Brig. Gen. Todd Canterbury, 56th Fighter Wing Commander of Luke Air Force Base released the following statement regarding the shooting: 

"Losing a member of the Air Force family is always difficult to come to terms with, no matter the situation, and I send my sincere condolences to Cody’s family and friends following this tragic situation." 

 


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