PD: Homeowner shot man trying to get in house

Posted at 6:53 PM, Sep 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 21:53:24-04

Police say a homeowner shot a man in his backyard who was trying to break in Tuesday morning in Phoenix.

The shooting call came in around 10:15 a.m. at a home near 35th Avenue and Indian School Road, according to Phoenix police.

The homeowner is a man in his 60s, and he was in the house alone at the time.

He heard someone in his backyard and then heard glass breaking, police said. He saw the suspect, around 17 to 20 years old, trying to enter through a window. 

The homeowner warned the suspect that he was armed and went to get his handgun, according to police. When he returned, the suspect was still trying to get in the house.

He reportedly warned the suspect again and felt threatened. Police said that's when he fired his gun at the suspect.

The suspect then jumped over the fence into the alley where he was found by emergency personnel. He was taken to a hospital in extremely critical condition.

Police Sgt. Vince Lewis tells ABC15 that the suspect is showing signs of improvement.

Police will conduct a thorough investigation, which is standard, to determine if the homeowner was justified.