PCSO: Homeowner shot suspect in Apache Junction

APACHE JUNCTION, AZ - Authorities say a homeowner in Apache Junction shot a suspect who was trying to kick in his door Monday night.

According to Tim Gaffney with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred around 8:20 p.m. near McKellips Boulevard and Ironwood Drive.

The 59-year-old homeowner heard the men at his back door and looked at the family's security camera, Gaffney said. He then saw the men wearing hoods and holding guns.

When they started kicking at the door, the homeowner fired a round through the back door, Gaffney said in a news release.

Another person in the home fired a shot after seeing a laser pointed at his head from someone outside, according to Gaffney. The suspects also fired rounds from three different caliber handguns into the home.

The suspects then ran from the scene, but 19-year-old Sal Anthony Olmos, of Mesa, was found injured in a neighbor's yard. The others kept running.

Deputies arrived and spoke with four residents in the home, Gaffney said. 

Olmos was treated with non-life threatening gunshot wounds to the upper part of both legs.

Gaffney said Olmos was found with 2 grams of crystal methamphetamine in his pocket.

Olmos said he was owed a large sum of money by one of the people in the home. According to Gaffney, he admitted he went to the home with two others to collect the money.

Olmos was booked into Pinal County Jail for attempted first degree burglary, four counts of aggravated assault, shooting into an occupied structure, misconduct involved weapons and possession of a dangerous drug, said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.

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