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.