William Stafford: Suspect shot during burglary attempt arrested after hospital release

PHOENIX - A man accused of breaking into a Phoenix home earlier this month was arrested Friday after being released from the hospital, according to Phoenix police.

William Scott Stafford, 45, reportedly rang the doorbell at a home near Peoria and 35th avenues and when the homeowner did not answer, he threw a rock through a back sliding glass door.

The homeowner was working on his computer and said he saw the suspect come through the hole in the door.

The homeowner had a .357 revolver holstered on his hip and drew the gun as he said the suspect came further into the house.

The homeowner said he told the suspect to leave, but that the suspect bent down, possibly to pick up the rock, when the homeowner shot at him hitting him at least once, court documents said.

Stafford then reportedly ran away and jumped over a wall. His girlfriend drove him to a Phoenix hospital.

Stafford was arrested upon release from the hospital Friday, booked into jail on charges of second degree burglary and aggravated assault for entering a residence.

Stafford's girlfriend told police she lives with the suspect and he is a heroin addict.

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