Phoenix police responding to call shoot homeowner who fired at them
PHOENIX – Police in Phoenix said they shot a homeowner who fired at them as they responded to a burglary-alarm call about a break-in late Tuesday.
The man was hospitalized in serious condition.
Phoenix Police Department Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said the officers found the door of the home near Seventh Avenue and Indian School Road partially open upon arrival around 10:15 p.m.
Fortune said early Wednesday the officers said they stayed outside, knocked and called out but no one answered.
After several minutes, “They saw a man walk toward the front door. That man had a gun with him,” Fortune said. “He pointed the gun at officers.”
Shortly thereafter, the unidentified man shot at the officers.
The man was hit in return fire. Police learned later he is the homeowner.
“Our officers were in full uniform. They had flashlights, they were well-lit. Phoenix police identify themselves constantly and he still shot our officers,” Fortune said.
The investigation is ongoing.
It was the 11th shooting of the year involving Phoenix police and 29th overall by law enforcement in the Valley, according to KTAR News 92.3 FM research.