PD: Suspect shot by homeowner during attempted burglary in Phoenix

PHOENIX - Police say a suspected burglar is in critical but stable condition after he was shot by a homeowner in North Phoenix Friday.

Phoenix police said they got a call around 2 p.m. about a burglary at a home near 35th Avenue and Peoria Avenue.

Sgt. Steve Martos said someone threw a rock through a window in the back of the house trying to break in.

The 45-year-old homeowner was inside and armed and confronted the suspect.

Martos said the homeowner fired his weapon several times at the suspect.

The suspect ran from the scene and got a ride to a nearby hospital from a 34-year-old woman.

Police got a call from the hospital saying that they had a patient with gunshot wounds.

Neighbors say the area is relatively quiet. Nikoli Trancheff lives a few houses down from the homeowner. He said this has served as a wakeup call to him. "That could've been my house," he said.

Phoenix police say the homeowner was within his rights to defend himself with a firearm and this incident now has Trancheff thinking twice about getting a gun.

He said, "It's really starting to make me think to go out and buy one because if we didn't have a gun then these people probably would have took something or hurt us and...That's not ok."

Police went through the vehicle looking for evidence.

Sgt. Martos said the suspect has a criminal history.

The investigation is ongoing, but the homeowner isn't expected to be charged in the incident.

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